Glasgow & West Scotland

Boiler fire helps snare £1.5m drugs man

A man has admitted being involved in the supply of more than £1.5m of amphetamine after a boiler fire led police to his home in Clydebank.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Stuart George, 28, sub-let his flat to a "third party" in return for the rent being paid.

But when neighbours spotted smoke they called firefighters, who alerted police after finding the drugs stash.

George's bail was continued and he will be sentenced next month.

The court heard how George began renting the flat last July.

He later sub-let the property, without his landlord knowing, after being approached by an unnamed "third party".

'Too scared'

The court was told George was aware the flat was going to be used for the mixing and packaging of drugs.

His role in the operation was discovered last September, when neighbours spotted smoke due to an electrical fault in the flat's boiler.

When fire crews attended they called in police after finding amphetamine, a mixing agent, scales, a blender, massive tubs, vacuum bags and a drill.

The court heard the estimated value of the stash was £1.67m.

George, who now lives in Duntocher, was detained months later and confessed to his involvement.

He told officers he was too scared to give the name of the person behind it as he feared for the safety of his family.

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