Tayside and Central Scotland

Angus drug dealer jailed for five years

A drug dealer has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for distributing Class A drugs in Tayside.

Christopher McIntosh, 28, of Forfar, led a gang of dealers who transported heroin from England to sell in Tayside, mainly in Angus.

McIntosh and two other men admitted serious drug trafficking offences and were sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lord Matthews sentenced McIntosh to five years and three months in jail.

Alistair Carrie, 49, of Brechin, was sentenced to 15 months in custody and Gary Brown, 36, of Forfar, to nine months.

'Suspicious meeting'

The men were arrested as part of Tayside Police's Operation Invincible, set up to investigate McIntosh's gang.

The court heard that heroin with a street value of £50,000 had been taken from Liverpool and Tayside Police had seen McIntosh at a "suspicious meeting" at Stracathro Services off the main A90 Dundee to Aberdeen road on 5 March 2010.

The drugs were later recovered from a ditch on the Dun to Stracathro road where McIntosh and Carrie had been seen earlier.

Det Insp Stuart Holmes, from Tayside Police's drugs and surveillance branch, said: "As a result of our investigations a significant drug dealer and members of his network are now behind bars where they belong.

"The amount of drugs seized provides an indication of the scale of illegal drugs trafficking that McIntosh and his criminal associates were responsible for."

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