Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Drug trafficker William Cassels Junior to pay £185,790 crime profits

A jailed Edinburgh drug trafficker has been ordered to hand over £185,790 in crime profits.

William Cassels Junior, 47, was sentenced to six years imprisonment after admitting being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Police caught Cassels at a house in Edinburgh with more than two kilos of the Class A drug.

Raids found £178,000 of "dirty money" at a pensioner's home in Musselburgh which Cassels had stored in May 2013.

The Crown began proceedings to seize crime profits from Cassels, formerly of Saughton Mains Crescent, following the seizures.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard a settlement in the action had been reached and a confiscation order for £185,790 was made, with Cassels given two months to pay it.

Police had carried out an investigation targeting drug dealing in Edinburgh in the spring of last year and undercover officers bought £20 deals of heroin from Cassels' former co-accused Brian Young, 43.

Following the undercover operation officers armed with search warrants carried out several raids in the city.

Police forced entry to the home of Cassels' brother in Rosemount Buildings and found Cassels sitting on the floor with a set of scales and an open bag of brown powder.

Heroin worth a total of £135,235 on the streets was recovered during the police operation.

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