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£200,000 Aberdeen drug gang members jailed

Four members of a drug gang who were caught after police seized heroin and cocaine worth £200,000 in Aberdeen have been jailed.

The sentences imposed on the men at the High Court in Edinburgh ranged from six months to seven years and one month.

Seven men and one woman were convicted of supply offences after a lengthy trial.

Sentence on the remaining four members of the gang - including a heavily pregnant 24-year-old - was deferred.

Temporary Judge William Dunlop told pregnant Nichole Brown, who acted as a drug courier, that "the prospect of a child being born in prison is not one that appeals to me very much".

Deferring sentence for four months, he warned her that she was facing "a serious custodial sentence".

Dean "Yogi" Slater was jailed for seven years and a month, Akil Fox for six years and two months and George Taylor for four years and nine months.

Major finds

Fox's older brother, 28-year-old Jela, is already serving a lengthy sentence for drugs offences.

He was jailed for six months after the judge accepted that his latest offence was "the residue from previous drug-related activity".

The court heard that the drugs were discovered during Operation Charger, which included three major finds in Aberdeen.

Sentence on the other three men - Mufudzi Munyawiri, 25, Tineyi Mtara, 25, and Ramesh Kainth, 35 - was deferred until next month.

Area Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, Anne Currie, said: "These people were all significant members of an organised crime group who came from the West Midlands to sell large quantities of heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in the north east of Scotland.

"Drug trafficking at this level not only blights the lives of those afflicted by drugs, but also brings misery and devastation to Scotland's communities."

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