Dealer jailed for Saughton Prison drugs ring

Paul Bulman Paul Bulman, 26, used mobile phones to direct operations from Saughton jail

A convicted dealer who ran a Europe-wide drugs ring from inside an Edinburgh prison has been jailed for six years and four months.

Paul Bulman, 26, used mobile phones to direct operations from Saughton.

His gang sold pentedrone, with £500,000 of the ecstasy-type drug shipped in from the Netherlands.

Bulman, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to dealing from September 2012 to January 2013 and his girlfriend, Sara Walker, admitted banking £90,000.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Walker, 22, who is pregnant with Bulman's child, was placed under supervision for two years and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work in the community.

Lord Turnbull told Bulman: "You have demonstrated that your previous custodial sentence had no effect on you."

Sophisticated operation

He added: "You re-offended and the entire sophisticated operation was conducted from within prison.

"You have caused much anguish in the life of Miss Walker and her family and added to her burden by leaving the sole burden of parenthood to her."

The court heard that Walker, a former accounts department worker, met Bulman when she visited a friend in prison. He persuaded her to launder the money for her.

The £90,000 in cash was delivered to her by an associate of Bulman's and she then banked it under his instruction.

It went to accounts in Portugal and Malta to pay for pentedrone.

Walker, from Glasgow, admitted a charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act.


Lord Turnbull told Walker: "What is obvious is that the blame lies with your co-accused.

"You were impressionable and only 20 when you first became involved and you have clearly taken steps to put your life back on an even keel."

Bulman was serving four-and-a-half years for drugs charges at the time.

Defence QC Gordon Jackson, representing Bulman, said: "He did what he did while he was in custody. He simply put his hands up and accepted it."

Det Insp Douglas Norrie, of Police Scotland, said: "No one is beyond the reaches of the law.

"Bulman orchestrated his criminal network from within prison and through hard work and dedication from police officers and prison staff alike his enterprise was brought to an end."

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