Tayside and Central Scotland

Drug dealer who absconded from Castle Huntly caught

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Image caption HMP Castle Huntly, located near Dundee, is Scotland's only open prison estate

A violent drug dealer who absconded from an open prison during leave has been caught.

Anthony Smith was traced in Liverpool after almost two weeks on the run from Castle Huntly prison in Perthshire.

The 32-year-old is originally from the city and had been visiting family in Croxteth during a period of home leave.

He is serving a five-year sentence for drug offences and a sentence of two years and six months for assault.

Smith was jailed in March 2012 along with his brother after admitting being concerned in the supply of drugs.

At the time police said the pair had been "intent on flooding" Aberdeen and Shetland with heroin.

He absconded from the prison while on a period of home leave in Liverpool on 12 March.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed that he has been traced in the Liverpool area.

HMP Castle Huntly is located seven miles west of Dundee, in the Carse of Gowrie, and is the only open prison in Scotland.

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