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Pair jailed over Highland drugs
Paisley Sheriff Court
Both men were sentenced at the High Court in Paisley
Two men have been jailed for drugs offences following a raid which uncovered crack cocaine and heroin.

William Drummond, 42, of Inverness, was sentenced to five years and Christopher Welsh, 49, of Liverpool, to three years at the High Court in Paisley.

The pair were arrested following a police raid on the Ardross Guest House in Inverness in December last year.

It was thought to have been the first significant crack cocaine seizure in the Highlands.

Judge Lord McEwan said it was clear Welsh had been involved in trafficking.

During the trial in August, the High Court in Edinburgh had heard Drummond admit being concerned in the supply of heroin.

The court heard how police seized heroin and cocaine following a police raid on the guest house.

Drug squad detectives staked out the guest house after a tip off that a courier from Merseyside was making a delivery to the city.

They arrested Drummond and Welsh, and discovered heroin and cocaine with a total value of more than 49,000, as well as 5,610 in cash.

Supply chain

Northern Constabulary drug experts said that the cocaine was suspected to be "tasters" - an attempt to introduce a new drug to local heroin users.

Referring to the crack cocaine sample, judge Lord McEwan said it had been a delivery from Liverpool drug barons with the message: "Let's try our speciality on the Highlanders and see if they like it."

Welsh, of City Road, Liverpool, had earlier pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drugs.

Drummond, of Glendoe Terrace, Inverness, had admitted to being concerned in the supply of heroin only.

He was described as having played "a significant role" in the Inverness supply chain.

At the age of 19 Drummond was given a life term for the murder of Heather Bell in 1984, but was released on licence in 2003.

Mrs Bell was the wife of the Nationalist William Bell.

She was murdered by Drummond after he met her in a pub and took her to his flat in the city for a party.




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