Drug dealer jailed for nine years after being caught at Heriot

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh

A drug dealer caught transporting cocaine through the Borders in 2014 was jailed today, August 5, for nine years.

George Thompson was responsible for the distribution of class-A drugs throughout the Lothians and Borders until he was pulled over by police on the A7 near Heriot in November that year.

Half a kilogramme of cocaine, estimated to be worth more than £50,000, was found hidden inside the 59-year-old’s Ford Transit van.

Several addresses within West Lothian linked to Thompson were subsequently searched, resulting in the seizure of three further kilos of cocaine and dealer-level quantities of amphetamine.

The total value of the drugs found was said to be in excess of £520,000.

Thompson, of Livingston, was convicted of drugs offences after trial at Livingston High Court in June and sentenced at Edinburgh High Court today.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray, of Police Scotland’s east organised crime and counter-terrorism unit, said: “This is a significant prison sentence for an individual who played a key role in the distribution of harmful drugs throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

“This should send a clear message that we are actively pursuing those involved in serious and organised crime, and whenever we identify those responsible for crimes of this nature, we will work closely with our partners at the Crown Office to remove them from our communities.

“Tackling drug crime remains a priority for Police Scotland, and we will act on any and all intelligence from the public to bring offenders to justice.

“If you wish to report ongoing criminal activity in your area, contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous report via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”