South Scotland

Two drug traffickers get 15 years

Two men who have previously served long jail sentences for drug offences have been locked up for a total of 15 years.

Robert Beauly, 48, and George Dempster, 63, returned to the illegal trade in Class A drugs within months of being released from prison.

Beauly was jailed for eight years and Dempster, from Moffat in Dumfriesshire, for seven years.

Both men will have to complete their earlier sentences from which they were released early before the new term.

Dempster had earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine in Dumfriesshire in July and August in 2012.

Following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow, his co-accused Beauly, who address was given as prison, was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine between February and August that year.

Controlling influence

Three kilos of paracetamol and caffeine, which is used for bulking out heroin, were recovered from a car and a kilo of benzocaine, used for cutting cocaine, was found at a flat in Dumfries in Beauly's case.

There was also evidence of contact with a website for buying benzocaine.

Beauly was previously jailed for nine years and for eight years and four months for drugs offences.

Dempster was twice jailed for drugs offences in 2002 and 2007 when he received sentences of four years and seven and a half years respectively.

He was previously said to be a controlling influence in the sale of heroin in Dumfries.

Defence counsel Brian McConnachie QC said Beauly did not appear to have "a substantial place in the hierarchy of drug dealing" in the latest offence.

He said that Beauly had "a significant heroin addiction for a number of years".

The defence agent added that Beauly had a benign brain tumour which had caused him to suffer seizures.

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