Glasgow & West Scotland

Man cleared after multi-million pound drug factory find

A man has been cleared of having any involvement with a multi-million pound illegal drug factory in Glasgow.

David Connelly was the tenant of a flat where drugs and mixing agents with a potential street value of up to £4m were seized on 25 October 2013.

The 37-year-old denied being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine.

Following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Connelly was acquitted after a jury found the charge against him not proven.

The trial heard how police raided the flat in Paisley Road West and found two hydraulic presses, plastic bowls, blenders, mixing agents and large quantities of heroin and cocaine, some of which was of high purity.

Lost keys

Mr Connelly told police that he had a key to the housing association flat but had lost two further sets.

He denied any knowledge of the drugs factory and claimed he had not set foot in the flat for at least three-and-a-half months prior to the raid.

During the raid police smashed their way into the empty flat and never checked to see if the key Mr Connelly had still fitted the lock or if the locks had been changed.

Defence advocate Euan Dow said: "There is no evidence he was knowingly involved in the supply of these drugs. He says he lost keys and there were no personal items in the flat.

"The prosecution say that he had a key to the flat and must have known what was going on, but here is no evidence that the key he told police he had would have opened the lock on the flat door."

Judge Lord Matthews told Mr Connelly: "The jury had acquitted you you are free to go."

Lord Matthews then said to the jury: "The drugs which were found will be destroyed."

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