Jail term for drug courier James Robertson, 61

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A 61-year-old drug courier who helped smuggle drugs with an estimated street value of £280,000 has been jailed for four years and nine months.

James Robertson, of Motherwell, Lanarkshire, was caught with amphetamine after an undercover police operation in August 2012.

He was part of a gang bringing the drug from Strathclyde to the Dundee area.

Robertson had denied being concerned in the supply of amphetamine but he was found guilty by a jury.

Solicitor advocate Ian Bryce, defending, had said Robertson had managed to live his life without coming to the attention of police, apart from one conviction in 1994 which had no connection with drugs.

Sentencing Robertson at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Bannatyne told him: "It is clear from the evidence that you played an integral and important part in the drug supply chain."

Earlier this year, Daniel Boag, one of the gang and a former soldier, was jailed for almost seven years after he was found to be providing a safe house in Menzieshill, Dundee.

Garry Cox, 25, of Broughty Ferry who was described as the "directing force" was also jailed for five years and nine months earlier this year.

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