A man has pleaded guilty to a number of drug charges including the importation and supply of Class A and B drugs with a combined street-value of approximately £2.3 million.
This follows what is believed to be the largest seizure of MDMA and crystal meth from a residential address in the UK.
Patrick Scotland, 28 of Canada Way, W12, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, 9 July charged with:
– 3 x possession with intent to supply a Class A drug (MDMA, LSD, Methylamphetamine)
– 2 x possession with intent to supply a Class B drug (Ketamine, Cannabis Resin)
– Being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a class A drug
– Possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device
Scotland pleaded guilty to all offences and will be sentenced at the same court tomorrow (Friday, 10 July).
Following routine checks by Border Force officers on postal items entering the UK, packages addressed to Scotland were intercepted and found to contain a brown crystalline substance concealed within children’s toys. The substance was tested and found to be MDMA.
On Wednesday, 12 February police were alerted by council staff – who were completing routine gas safety checks at Scotland’s address – to a large quantity of suspected Class A drugs within the premises. Officers carried out a search of the property and found sealed bags and tupperware tubs containing various types of pills and powders including several kilos of crystal meth, MDMA and cocaine, 185,000 ecstasy pills, eight kilos of cannabis resin and over 10,000 LSD tabs, along with drug paraphernalia.
Officers from the Met’s Central West Command Unit, who led the operation, arrested Scotland that day and conducted a further search on the property. They recovered additional quantities of drugs which were concealed under a sofa, along with a laptop. He was interviewed at a nearby police station and charged the following day, Thursday, 13 February.
The quantity of drugs seized are estimated to hold a street value of approximately £2.3 million – the largest known seizure of MDMA and crystal meth from a residential address in the UK to date. It also appears to be the first seizure of its kind in regards to the dismantling of a Dark Web drugs site in the UK. Scotland was linked to the site post-arrest and the drugs advertised were identified as the same as those recovered from his address. The pills were linked to Scotland due to the unique motifs stamped on them.
Detective Sergeant Kieran Curry, of the Central West Gangs Unit said:
“This is a fantastic example of a collaborative effort to crackdown on drug-related criminality which ultimately enabled us to remove a vast amount of Class A and B drugs from the streets of London.
“I am incredibly pleased with the outstanding investigation conducted by PC Jonathan Halpin and my team. I hope that the outcome of today’s court hearing serves as evidence of our intolerance towards those concerned in the supply of drugs within our local community.
“I ensure that we take every possible opportunity, using the tactics and powers available to us, to build the most robust cases against those who bring such unacceptable levels of corruption to our streets.
“The evidence we built against Scotland was overwhelmingly strong and ultimately led to a guilty plea. It is a sterling example of the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure such offenders are brought to justice.
“We take a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and the associated violence that comes with it. The Met will continue to proactively target those involved in this kind of activity, with the aim of removing such individuals from our streets and systematically disrupting the supply of drugs in our local communities.”