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Dundee drug deal cash mule who fled to Spain jailed

A man who was caught carrying cash from a Dundee drugs deal then tried to flee to Spain has been jailed for four and a half years.

Neil Hornsby, 41, of Liverpool, was arrested after he was caught picking up a bag containing £64,970 in Dundee.

He then failed to appear at court, and was subsequently arrested in Spain before being extradited back to the UK.

As part of the same operation, police recovered heroin with a street value of £82,000 from a house in Broughty Ferry.

Police had information that a consignment of heroin was due to arrive in Dundee in January 2011, and were carrying out surveillance.

One of the targets was met in a car in the city's railway station car park by Hornsby, who had been caught on CCTV travelling by train from Liverpool to Dundee.

Hornsby left with a carrier bag, and when he was detained at Edinburgh's Haymarket station officers found the cash inside.

He told police he was to be paid £200 to act as a courier, although he thought a "dodgy deal" was going on.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that he was a "functionary", acting on behalf of "major players" in Liverpool.

Hornsby, who has previous convictions for drugs offences, admitted concealing and transferring criminal property, and failing to appear at the High Court earlier this year.

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