Glasgow & West Scotland

Robert Bonnar jailed for laundering £500,000 drugs cash

A man who laundered almost £500,000 of drugs cash at a travel agent in Glasgow has been jailed for three years.

Robert Bonnar, 38, from Stewarton, East Ayrshire, admitted laundering the money at a Lunn Poly store in the city centre between 2002 and 2003.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how he was caught by customs officials.

Bonnar fled to Bali, Indonesia, before trial in 2006 and returned three months later. He was arrested when police stopped him for a road traffic offence.

The court heard how Bonnar switched sums of up to £70,000 on 14 occasions, telling Lunn Poly staff that he was investing in property abroad.

He was caught inside the travel agents in May 2003 following an undercover sting by customs investigators.

Jailing him, temporary judge Norman Ritchie QC told Bonnar: "Money laundering is a essential component of successful drug trafficking. You were a facilitator."

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