Glasgow & West Scotland

Desmond Stewart jailed over drugs and fake bank notes

A man has been jailed after fake bank notes, drug processing equipment and imitation firearms were found in a secret room at his garage in Glasgow.

Desmond Stewart, 33, was sentenced to four years and nine months after the haul was found at KS Autos in the city's Possilpark area in April 2013.

He admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin and having counterfeit £10 notes under his control.

Stewart was caught after police received a tip-off.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that, after speaking to employees in the ground floor workshop, officers forced a locked door at the top of a flight of stairs.

Imitation guns

On the upper hallway there was a gym, a kitchen and a shower as well as a locked office.

Firearms officers were called in when a pump action shotgun, revolver and an Uzi sub-machine gun, tumbled out of a store cupboard.

The weapons proved to be imitations, however, designed to fire ball bearings.

Officers also discovered a secret door concealed behind a bookcase in an office on an upper floor.

Inside they found heroin-contaminated work clothes, bowls, spoons, scales, a hydraulic press and a small amount of heroin valued at £20.

A black bag containing £48,320 was also found along with an envelope of counterfeit £10 notes. In all, £53,652 in cash was recovered along with two money-counting machines.

Documents were also discovered suggesting Stewart was in debt - including an unpaid council tax bill for £6,000.

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