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Aberdeen and Shetland 'drug brothers' from Liverpool jailed for 10 years

Anthony Smith and Paul Smith
Image caption Anthony Smith and Paul Smith were each jailed for more than five years

Two brothers who tried to "flood" Aberdeen and Shetland with drugs have been jailed for more than 10 years.

Paul Smith, 27, was jailed for five years and two months and Anthony Smith, 30, for five years and seven months, for heroin offences.

The brothers, originally from Liverpool, were jailed at the High Court in Aberdeen after admitting being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Grampian Police said the arrests were part of Operation Limehouse.

Judge Lord Uist said in hissentencing statement: "This is yet another case involving the notorious chain of heroin supply from Liverpool to this part of Scotland.

"On this occasion there was the added feature of supplying the drugs to Shetland."

'Complex inquiry'

Police praised local communities in Aberdeen and Shetland for their "invaluable" assistance in bringing the men to justice.

Det Insp Alex Dowall said: "These men were intent on flooding the streets of Aberdeen and Shetland with Class A drugs and were willing to take great risks in the process in order to turn a profit.

"Ultimately though, as their sentences prove, the risk is much greater than the potential reward.

"This was a complex inquiry across two countries and three force areas and it should serve as a warning to others."