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Jail for £679,000 Aberdeen cocaine supply men after Peterculter raid

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Image caption Keith Whyte was jailed for five years

Two men who admitted being involved in the supply of cocaine worth as much as £679,000 in the Aberdeen suburb of Peterculter have been jailed.

Martin Knights, 22, and Keith Whyte, 24, were arrested by Police Scotland during Operation Galveston in February.

Knights was jailed for six years and nine months, and Whyte was jailed for five years.

Police found the drugs after raiding the Brighton Grange "safe house".

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how officers had received intelligence about the men.

Advocate Jonathan Crowe said Knights became involved in the drugs trade because he had been tempted by the money he could make.

Mr Crowe said: "He is a young man who has gone off the rails. He was attracted to this world by the riches he could make off criminality.

"He has made assurances to me that he will never make another appearance in the High Court."

Passing sentence, judge Lady Scott told the pair she had no other option but to give them custodial sentences.

Det Insp Douglas Norrie said: "This recovery was the largest drugs recovery from a single address in the north east since the formation of Police Scotland.

"The recovery was the result of an intelligence-led operation and I would take this opportunity to remind the public again that we do take all information given to us seriously and act on it accordingly."

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