Peterhead drug dealer sentenced for eight years

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'High Court of Justiciary ,Royal Mile, Edinburgh,
Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'High Court of Justiciary ,Royal Mile, Edinburgh,

A drug dealer in Peterhead has been jailed for eight years after being caught with £100,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine..

Matthew Mills, 36, was originally detained at his home in the Blue Toon where Class A drugs and cash were found.

He spent eight days in custody before being released on bail. It was then a matter of weeks later that he was caught taking delivery of the haul of heroin.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Noting that Mr Mills has previous drug dealing convictions, Lord Burns said: “Behaviour like this must be deterred and you have been far from deterred by various orders of the court for some years now.

“You were on licence when most of this behaviour took place. You were on bail when much of it took place,”said the judge.

Lord Bruns added that he would have faced a 10-year sentence had he not pleaded guilty.”

Mr Mills admitted to officers his involvement with the supply of drugs and said it was an escalating problem caused by trying to deal with he and his partner’s drug habit.

Defence solicitor advocate Shahid Latif said: “He is remorseful for what he has done.”

The drugs were found in Peterhead by Police Scotland’s Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit on Tuesday, June 16.

The operation was part of a crackdown with a nation-wide drug dealing network.

Detective Inspector Scott Thompson said: “The sentence serves as a strong message to people who deal in controlled drugs within our communities and the investigation formed part of a wider operation into a Tayside-based organised crime group, distributing controlled drugs throughout Scotland.

“Police Scotland continue to be determined in arresting and convicting persons involved in this illicit trade. Anyone who has any concerns about drug-dealing or drug-related crime in their communities should contact Police Scotland on 101.”