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Four men jailed for drug trafficking between West Lothian and England

Hugh McAnna (L), Ryan Mayberry and Patrick McKervey (R) Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Hugh McAnna (L), Ryan Mayberry and Patrick McKervey (R). A picture of Gordon Stewart was not allowed to be released for legal reasons

Four men responsible for moving and distributing cannabis and amphetamine to and from West Lothian have been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Ryan Mayberry, 33, Patrick McKervey, 31, Hugh McAnna, 52, and Gordon Stewart, 50, previously admitted trafficking drugs worth almost £2m.

Mayberry and McKervey were sentenced to 57 months in prison, while McAnna and Stewart were jailed for 45 months.

Sentencing took place at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Police disrupted the drug dealing operation in West Lothian after carrying out surveillance on Mayberry and his associates.

'Dirty phones'

Mayberry, who was the "manager" or organiser of the Scottish end of the operation was detained along with his English counterpart McKervey.

Hugh McAnna who acted as a money courier and Gordon Stewart who was a drugs mule were also arrested.

Advocate Leanne Cross told the court Mayberry and McKervey organised a number of couriers.

She said both men had "clean" and "dirty" phones during the period and used a variety of phone numbers.

The prosecutor said: "While it is accepted they in turn were working for others, they were operating at a level above that of the couriers."

She said they "effectively facilitated the transporting of hundreds of kilos of controlled drugs from England into the West Lothian area."

Street sale

The advocate depute said a total of 392kg of cannabis was recovered which could be broken down into street deals worth up to £928,000.

A further 10kg of high purity amphetamine were seized which if cut could be bulked out to provide 190kg of the drug for street sale with a maximum value of £950,000.

Mayberry, from Livingston, earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between 29 March and 9 July 2012 and amphetamine between 3 and 5 May 2012.

McKervey, from Coventry in the Midlands, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between 29 March and 31 May 2012 and of amphetamine between 3 and 5 May.

McAnna, from Fauldhouse, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis between 31 March and 6 April 2012.

Stewart, from Whitburn, pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis between 23 and 31 May 2012.

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