Glasgow & West Scotland

Ex-footballer Daniel McDade jailed over £99,000 drugs haul

A former amateur footballer has been jailed for 40 months after police seized almost 20 kilos of cannabis resin at a flat he leased in Glasgow.

Daniel McDade, 28, was arrested after the drug haul, worth about £99,000, was found in October 2012.

The former Dumbarton United player admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard McDade was caught after he was recorded during a police surveillance operation.

The court heard how the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency set up Operation Condor to combat the supply of drugs in Glasgow.

'Covert monitoring'

Undercover officers began to shadow McDade and others, and their conversations were recorded.

When they learned that McDade had taken a short-term lease on a flat in High Street, Glasgow, the address was watched and a "covert monitoring post" was set up nearby to record what was said.

Listening in to the bugged conversations, officers learned that McDade was trying to make enough money to pay off a drug debt to his supplier and have enough left over to go into business on his own.

The court was told that undercover officers saw a black Ford Focus pull up outside the address.

McDade and another man left the flat and spoke to the driver.

The vehicle was followed to Renfrew then back to High Street.

Failed businesses

Watching detectives saw heavy plastic bags being carried into the building, then forced their way in and found the drugs haul.

McDade, from Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, was arrested and later admitted his part in the operation.

The court heard he had played for Dumbarton United in his teens and had been signed by Raith Rovers before injury ended his career.

Solicitor advocate Maurice Smyth said McDade had also trained as a chef and had tried to run a number of businesses, including a car wash and a snack bar - but had been closed down by police opposition to him having a trader's licence.

"He has shown some enterprise - unfortunately not confined to legitimate activities," said judge Lord Pentland.

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