Robert Walker jailed for storing heroin bulking agent
- 18 February 2014
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
A man who accepted £400 to store powder that could be used to bulk out almost £9m of heroin has been jailed for two years and three months.
Robert Walker, 29, was arrested after a 125kg mix of caffeine and paracetamol - known as "bash" - was found at his home in Clydebank on 22 August last year.
Although no heroin was discovered, Walker admitted to being concerned in the supply of the class A drug.
The High Court in Glasgow heard the powder had no legitimate purpose.
Jailing Walker, judge Lord Turnbull told him: "Rather foolishly you were providing help to drug dealers engaging in their trade of drug supply.
"Your contribution was providing a safe storage for a commodity which was valuable and of importance to these individuals who you knew to be drug dealers."
The court heard the "bash" mixture was a "common adulterant" used to bulk out and reduce the purity of heroin and a lucrative "grey" market had developed to obtain it.
Prosecutors said the 125kg recovered could have been used to bulk out heroin which could have been sold for up to £8.75m.