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'Cocaine mule' Joseph Crighton has drug profits seized

A man who was jailed for six years over his role in a £3.2m cocaine operation has been told to pay £30,000 under proceeds of crime legislation.

Joseph Crighton, 48, was caught with about £400,000 of the drug at his home in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire, in September 2009.

The bakery worker's lawyer said Crighton had been forced into helping drug gangs because of gambling debts.

But prosecutors sought to recover any criminal profits he might have made.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Crighton was given six months to pay.

Defence advocate Mark Moir told judge Lady Clark that the figure Crighton was pursued for was £73,560.

As he did not have the assets to pay, however, he would only hand over £29,707.

Police raids

Lady Clark ordered that the money should be paid within six months.

Last year, Crighton and co-accused Stephen Currie both admitted being concerned in the he supply of cocaine on 3 September 2009.

Police recovered £2.8m of cocaine from the Bishopbriggs home of Currie.

He was later jailed for six years and eight months.

The High Court heard how officers from Strathclyde Police's major crime and terrorism unit were involved in raids at both men's homes.

When cocaine was found at Currie's property he claimed he thought it was talcum powder.

A quantity of benzococaine, used to cut or dilute the drug to boost profits, was also found.

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