Highlands & Islands

Confiscation order against former Ross-shire boxer

A £35,000 confiscation order has been made against a former boxer who was concerned in the supply of cocaine in the Highlands and north east Scotland.

Scott Ross, 27, formerly of Alness, Ross-shire, was jailed for 43 months in 2011. He was part of a gang dealing in drugs in 2010.

Ross has since been released from prison after his sentence was backdated to take in time he spent on remand.

The order confiscates an Audi Quattro car and cash.

The Crown launched an action against him to seize proceeds of crime following his drug trafficking conviction.

Advocate depute Barry Divers asked the High Court in Edinburgh to record the benefit to Ross of his "general criminal conduct" at £70,000.

Should Ross obtain any cash or assets in the future, the Serious and Organised Crime Division in certain circumstances can ask the court to recalculate the confiscation order up to the amount of the benefit recorded.

Text messages

The advocate depute also sought a confiscation order for £35,000 which was the available assets in the action, including the car and money.

The judge Lord Uist agreed that Ross should have six months to pay the sum to Tain Sheriff Court.

The High Court earlier heard that Ross had provided cocaine to friends - sometimes without charging - but was also involved on a commercial level, supplying the drug in Invergordon, Inverness, Wick and Alness.

He gave certain customers his bank account details so they could make direct payments.

Police, who broke up the drugs network, seized telephone banking records and also found that his mobile phone revealed text messages linked to drug dealing activities.

A co-accused electrician Graeme Cran, 26, of Munlochy, was given a 200-hour community service order over his involvement with amphetamine.

Cran is also facing a proceeds of crime action. His case was continued to May.

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