Glasgow & West Scotland

Gavin McFadyen jailed for organising drug couriers

A man who organised a team of drug couriers across central Scotland has been jailed for four years.

Gavin McFadyen from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis and cocaine between October 2008 and March 2009.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the 39-year-old was caught after a police surveillance operation.

Judge Lord Brailsford told McFadyen that, but for his early guilty plea, he would have sentenced him to six years.

Advocate depute Hugh Irwin, prosecuting, told the court: "Police conducted an intelligence-led drugs surveillance targeting individuals allegedly involved in the supply of controlled drugs in the Glasgow area and elsewhere in Central Scotland.

Surveillance operation

"The accused McFadyen was a target of the surveillance operation.

"A number of couriers were arrested during this and it is the Crown's position that the accused Gavin McFadyen was involved in organising and directing a number of couriers."

The court heard that cannabis resin with a potential street value of £266,427 was recovered from couriers in Dundee on 15 October 2008.

On 26 March the following year, McFadyen was seen handing over a package to a courier.

When the courier was later stopped by police, cocaine with a potential street value of £86,750 was recovered.

The court was told that McFadyen had a previous High Court conviction for drugs and firearms in 2003 and was jailed for six and a half years.