By Shwan Haddad
Two drug dealers have been sentenced to their respective prison terms.
Scott Roddie and Connor Holmes were arrested back in December 2018 after having a package intercepted by the Police.
The two men were using the postal system and the dark web to distribute class A drugs worldwide.
Their conviction and sentencing are the first of their kind in Scotland and have been welcomed by the police.
Connor Holmes, 24 and Scott Roddie, 29 have been working together for years on their illicit dealings.
A package filled with MDMA addressed to Holmes was intercepted by police back in 2018.
The package was sent from the Netherlands and contained 8.2 kilos worth of MDMA.
Police Scotland raided Holmes’ address and found approximately 73,366 MDMA tablets worth a street value of £733,660, £8,500 in cash was also found at the property.
The drug dealing duo were caught and arrested due to that incident and have been in court up until yesterday.
Detective Inspector Tom Gillan of the Organised Crime Partnership (Scotland) said:
“From the address in Aberdeen, Holmes and Roddie were able to receive and distribute illicit drugs, with a street value of around £1.3 million on an international scale.
“The men made use of the dark web and cryptocurrencies to support their criminal market place and used the UK postal system to distribute the drugs. This was a blatant attempt to protect their criminal enterprise and frustrate international law enforcement, which ultimately failed.
“This is an example of a targeted investigation which disrupted a developed and sophisticated criminal model, based in the North East of Scotland and I am happy to acknowledge the hard work of the officers involved in a complex and challenging investigation.”
The pair made no plea when they appeared at the Aberdeen Sheriff Court in 2018 and were remanded in custody.
David Green, Procurator Fiscal for homicide and major crime, said:
“This was a concentrated effort to bring significant quantities of illegal and harmful drugs through Scotland, which was foiled thanks to co-operation between law enforcement agencies and COPFS.
“Drugs cause harm and feed addiction in Scotland’s communities and these men sought to profit from that misery.
“COPFS is committed to working with partners to reduce that harm and ensure we continue to pursue and prosecute those who seek to profit from drugs.”
Holmes was sentenced to two years and three months whilst Roddie was sentenced to six years and three months for being involved in the supply and importation of controlled drugs.
Gerry McLean, Regional Head of Investigations at the National Crime Agency had this to say on the matter:
“These two men were responsible for the global distribution of class A drugs on an industrial scale, and it is only right that they spend time behind bars. Holmes and Roddie thought that they could evade law enforcement by using the dark web and cryptocurrencies, hiding behind computer screens, and tricking our postal service into facilitating their dirty work.”
“Drugs, money and violence all go hand-in-hand. The NCA and Police Scotland will continue to work together to stop organised criminals profiting from the importation and supply of drugs with the aim of reducing violence and exploitation across Scotland and the rest of the UK.”