Glasgow & West Scotland

Gun criminal Dean Kimmins faces jail over drugs

A man who was sentenced to eight years for his part in an illegal gun business is facing further jail time after being convicted of drug trafficking.

Dean Kimmins was jailed along with three other men in October for a scheme that saw deactivated guns turned into firearms.

On Tuesday, the High Court in Glasgow heard he was also involved in the supply of heroin in January 2015.

The 32-year-old from Maryhill will be sentenced in Edinburgh next month.

The court in Glasgow heard that Kimmins had a "managerial role" in directing two men to collect a large heroin consignment in the city.

He later admitted being involved in the supply of the drug after police carried out raids as part of Operation Arbor to trace those involved in the supply of class A drugs across Scotland.

Two associates - William Pollock and Gary Niven - were also arrested after a raid in the Broomielaw area of Glasgow.

A total of £210,000 of heroin and a mixing agent used to bulk out drugs were seized.

Asda shopping bag

Prosecutor Paul Brown said the pair's mobile phones were examined.

He told the court: "Analysis of data...demonstrated that Dean Kimmins had instructed Pollock and Niven to carry out the transaction."

Pollock was later jailed for four-and-a-half years while Niven was sentenced to three years and four months.

In a related investigation - Operation Rover - 34-year-old Ajmer Ali was also found to be directing others to move drugs in the east of the country.

On June 2015, police also raided Sean Evans' home in Livingston, West Lothian.

Officers seized £85,150 of heroin inside an Asda shopping bag.

Weeks later, Mathew Mills and Ryan Colquhoun were snared by police in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

Officers found £90,000 of heroin and £3,405 in cash.

Mr Brown told the court Ali was the "person responsible" for instructing Evans and had been in similar contact with Mills.

Ali, of Perth, joined Kimmins in the dock to also plead guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin.

He will appear with Kimmins to be sentenced on 17 January in Edinburgh.