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Kris Brown jailed over record £1.7m heroin haul

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Media captionThe drugs seizure was said to have been the largest ever made by Lothian and Borders Police

A former Hibernian youth footballer has been jailed for nine years after being caught with £1.7m worth of heroin.

Kris Brown, was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after previously being convicted of intent to supply the drug, as well as three other drugs offences.

The 17kg heroin haul was said to have been the largest seizure ever made by Lothian and Borders Police.

Brown, 29, from Edinburgh, had denied the charges but was unanimously convicted by a jury.

Police found pressed blocks of the Class A drug ready for distribution in a cupboard, with another full of 250g bags of heroin ready to be compressed in a mould in an Edinburgh flat in Sighthill on 16 December 2010.

Brown was also convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and mephedrone and of possessing cocaine.

The judge, Lord Boyd of Duncansby, told him: "You continue to deny your involvement despite clear evidence and the unanimous verdict of the jury.

"You show little or no insight into the nature of your offending."

Image caption The 17kg haul was mainly found in kitchen cupboards of the house

The judge jailed Brown for nine years for supplying heroin, four years for supplying cocaine and a further 10 months for two other drugs charges.

His prison terms will run concurrently and were backdated to 10 July this year, when he was remanded in custody.

Brown was found in the drugs factory "chopping shop" with accomplices Lee Knott and Iain Hunter when police forced their way in with a battering ram and found the heroin.

Knott, 23, from Edinburgh, pled guilty during the trial last month to being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine and mephedrone and Hunter, 22, also from Edinburgh, admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Knott was sentenced to five-and-a-half years and Hunter to four-and-a-half years.

Image caption Lee Knott was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail

Det Ch Supt Gill Imery, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "This operation is a good example of the work that is being done all the time in communities that the public don't always see.

"Our intention is always to try to go up the supply chain and find the people who are ruthlessly exploiting people who have addiction and substance misuse and issues and making a lot of money from it.

"These have been significant players and has been the largest ever seizure for this force.

"They have undoubtedly intended to distribute that far and wide, which would have had a negative impact on a whole host of people's lives."

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