Drugs mule Nathan Cook jailed over £8m heroin haul
A drugs courier who was caught with £8m worth of heroin following a 33-mile chase by police on the M74 motorway has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.
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 near Lockerbie but was forced to a halt by four police cars near Elvanfoot.
Cook later pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug.
Jailing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Uist said: "This was, on any view, a colossal quantity of a dangerous drug of very high purity and value."
"The public should be grateful to the police officers who decided to stop your car and so prevented this consignment of drugs getting onto the streets of Scotland.
"The damage that these drugs would have done to both individuals and the community as a whole had they got onto the streets is incalculable."
The judge added: "You must have known the high risk you were taking when you undertook to transport these drugs and you must now face the reckoning, which has to be severe in this case."
An earlier hearing was told 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 near Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway.
He kept travelling at speed for 33 miles before he was boxed in by four police cars on the M74 near Elvanfoot, South Lanarkshire.
Officers then arrested Cook after finding the drug haul in a Volkswagen Polo he had borrowed.