A Kintore man has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison for his role in transporting more than half a million pounds worth of Class A drugs throughout the UK.
Following an extensive intelligence-led operation, 52-year-old Alan Hastings was identified as a drugs courier who was complicit in the sale and supply of illegal substances through his haulage business.
In April 2018 he delivered a package of heroin with a potential value of £487,000 in Dundee, and another containing cocaine valued at £48,000 in February 2018 in Larkhall. He pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.
Detective Inspector Robin Sim, of the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, said: "Hastings played a major role in the sale and supply of a significant value of illegal drugs which would have ended up in the hands of the most vulnerable people.
"Tackling serious & organised crime is a priority for Police Scotland and thanks to this intelligence-led operation we were able to recover a significant amount of drugs aswell as securing the conviction of a man who was playing a very dangerous role.
"I continue to ask members of the public to let us know their concerns about drug-related activity. Information provided to us is always taken seriously and even if you think your concerns are low-level, it can lead us to criminals involved higher up and help us detect even more serious organised crime."