Glasgow & West Scotland

George Leighton jailed over guns and drugs find

A man who was investigated over a shooting in Glasgow has been jailed for firearms and drugs offences.

George Leighton, 23, from Shotts, North Lanarkshire, was held after the shooting of Darren Higgins in the Parkhead area on 23 January 2014.

His not guilty plea to the attempted murder was accepted, but Leighton admitted possessing a pistol, silencer, ammunition and heroin worth £69,000.

He was jailed for a total of seven years and eight months.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that police obtained a number of search warrants after the shooting of Mr Higgins at Westmuir Street.

Leighton later admitted having a pistol, a silencer and ammunition in his possession at a communal garden at 188 Inverleith Street, in Glasgow's Carntyne area, between 8 and 29 January 2014.

The court heard that his DNA was found on the packaging of some of the items.

He also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

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