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Garage manager Greig Sneddon jailed over £1m heroin haul

A garage manager caught with £1m worth of heroin has been jailed for four years and four months.

Greig Sneddon, 33, had the high-purity drugs stored in a polythene bag with "Thank You" written on it.

Sneddon, originally from Paisley, was also found to have commercial amounts of cocaine and drug bulking agents.

Sentencing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Burns said the offences were committed "in the context of serious organised crime".

He added: "You have pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of two types of Class A drugs over a two-month period at two locations.

"Not only were there drugs, but there were quite a lot of items used in the production and sale of Class A drugs."

Lord Burns told Sneddon he accepted he was not directly involved in the sale of the heroin and cocaine.

But he added: "It was clearly a substantial commercial operation."

'Acting on intelligence'

The judge said Sneddon would have faced a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence but for his guilty plea.

Defence counsel Kevin McCallum told the court: "He agreed stupidly to store materials for others."

Sneddon had earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and cocaine between 27 July and 13 September last year.

The court heard that police, acting on intelligence, arrested him at The Pit Stop Garage in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, where he worked as a manager and tyre fitter.

His white BMW car was searched and a rucksack was found containing drugs.

Police also forced entry to a flat in Teviot Terrace in Johnstone, where he was a lodger, and found a hydraulic press and more than eight kilos of powder used for bulking drugs.

Part of the haul recovered from the car included a batch of high-purity heroin which, if cut and sold as "tenner bags", was worth about £1m.

A further batch of 17 kilos of paracetamol and caffeine, which are mixed with heroin to bulk it out, was also found in the tyre store at the garage.

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