Man jailed over bid to smuggle 4,000 MDMA tablets in coffee powder cans

A man has been jailed after trying to smuggle more than 4,000 MDMA tablets into the UK in cans of coffee powder.

Gary Millan, from Barrhead in East Renfrewshire, was sentenced to nine months in prison after the haul was seized at Coventry international postal hub last May.

Border Force officers referred the case to the National Crime Agency and Police Scotland Organised Crime Partnership.

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The tablets had an estimated street value of more than £40,000 (NCA/PA)

The goods from Belgium were heading to an address in Aurs Drive, Barrhead, and had an estimated street value of more than £40,000.

Officers raided the address and arrested the 28-year-old on suspicion of the importation and supply of class A drugs.

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Gary Millan has been sentenced to nine months in prison (NCA/PA)

He pleaded guilty at Paisley Sheriff Court on May 2 and was sentenced at the same court on Thursday.

Ian Thomas, NCA Scotland branch commander, said: “Cases like this demonstrate that this kind of criminality crosses international borders.

“Working with our partners at Border Force and Police Scotland we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the criminal networks involved in drug supply and distribution, and protect the people of Scotland.”

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