Glasgow & West Scotland

Robert Walker jailed for storing heroin bulking agent

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.

'Safe storage'

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.

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