Drugs mule Nathan Cook in jail over £8m heroin haul
A drugs courier who was caught after a police chase on the motorway linking Scotland and England has admitted transporting heroin worth up to £8m.
Nathan Cook, 28, from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, had 18.5 kilos of heroin in a car on 22 March last year.
He ignored an attempt to stop him on the M74 near Lockerbie but was forced to a halt by four police cars near Elvanfoot in South Lanarkshire.
Sentence on Cook was deferred and he was remanded in custody.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Uist said: "It is very fortunate that the police decided to stop this car because it stopped 18 and a half kilos of heroin getting onto the streets. They are to be commended for that."
The judge told Cook: "You have pled guilty to having been concerned in the supply of a huge amount of heroin with a massive street value."
He said that because he had not previously been jailed he required to get a background report on him ahead of sentencing.
The judge added: "You should be in no doubt...you are liable to be sentenced to a lengthy period of imprisonment."
The court heard that Cook was delivering the drugs for further cutting and distribution.
The haul was said to be worth £832,500 at wholesale value but because of its high purity could be bulked out to make almost £8m of individual deals.
Cook was caught after traffic officers signalled him to pull over on a routine stop but he kept travelling at speed for 33 miles before he was boxed in by four police cars on the M74.
Officers then arrested Cook after finding the drug haul in a Volkswagen Polo he had borrowed.