Glasgow & West Scotland

Darren Bunce jailed over £1m East Kilbride cannabis raid

A first-time offender who was caught with £1m worth of cannabis resin at his home in South Lanarkshire has been jailed for five years.

A police raid at Darren Bunce's home in East Kilbride in August last year uncovered 137 kilos of the drug with a street value of £1,028,400.

Officers also discovered cocaine worth £70,000 and £50,000 of heroin.

The High Court in Glasgow heard 14 other people were arrested in further drug raids following the operation.

Bunce's solicitor, advocate Ian Bryce, asked judge Lord Turnbull to give his client a substantial sentence and added: "He is worried that people might think he is a grass unless he is given a lengthy sentence."

'Massive amount'

Lord Turnbull told Bunce that he would have been jailed for seven and a half years but for his early guilty plea.

The judge told him: "You were at the heart of the operation, storing drugs and involved in the mixing."

Lord Turnbull added that he was taking into account the "massive amount of cannabis resin that you were prepared to be involved with".

The court heard that police raided Bunce's home after receiving an anonymous tip off.

In addition to the drugs, officers found a hydraulic press and other equipment for mixing and packaging drugs, including scales and plastic bags.

The court heard that Bunce had run up a £5,000 drug debt after "dabbling" in cocaine.

His defence team said he had agreed to store drugs and was given a "tutorial" on how to package the items.

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