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Lamborghini drug cash launderer Timothy Shaw sentenced

An army veteran who transported £151,000 of drug cash out of Scotland in a Lamborghini Gallardo has been told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

Timothy Shaw, 52, from Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, took the cash from Motherwell to Manchester drug dealer James Thorne on 8 August 2010.

He admitted breaching the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

A judge decided against a prison term after hearing how Shaw was remorseful and had turned his life around.

At the High Court in Livingston, judge Lord Matthews imposed a community payback order, with the condition that Shaw carry out the unpaid work within six months.

'One eye open'

He also placed the former soldier under social work supervision for a year.

Lord Matthews told Shaw: "You pleaded guilty to transporting a large amount of money on behalf of someone else.

"There's no doubt that to some extent you were duped into doing this. On the other hand you had at least one eye open at the time and knew what you were doing was illegal."

The judge added: "You have had a useful working life. You served your country in Northern Ireland and the Falklands.

"However, you have in the last few years got involved in offending of a financial nature involving the avoidance of duty and the like.

"This is the sort of case which could result in a custodial sentence but given you've repented and stayed out of trouble over the last year I'm minded not to impose a prison sentence but a community payback order as an alternative to custody."

James Thorne was jailed for five years at Liverpool Crown Court in December 2010 after he admitted possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Police found cocaine, MDMA and cannabis with a street value of up to £278,000 when they searched his van and flat.

A large suitcase containing the £151,000 delivered to him by Shaw was later confiscated by Greater Manchester Police.

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