Ex-police inspector handed six-year sentence after drugs found in Mercedes fuel tank

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A 51-year-old man found with £2 million ($3.4 million) worth of drugs concealed in the enlarged fuel tank of a Mercedes van more than two years ago now faces six and a half years in prison. David Brown was discovered with cocaine, cannabis resin and cannabis at the Cairnryan Ferry Terminal while trying to board a ferry to North Ireland in December 2018, notes a statement from Police Scotland . Brown faced drug offences, including being concerned in the supply of the three drugs. Smell of weed and sound of fans lead police to $1 million illegal grow-op Woman detained after Irish authorities find almost $107,000 worth of weed Drug-sniffing dog discovers nearly $2 million worth of cannabis and edibles in Dublin port The drugs reportedly included four kilograms of cocaine, 23 kg of cannabis and 5,072 bars of cannabis resin. They were said to be imported from Spain and hidden inside pieces of machinery, such as generators and compressors. According to the BBC , Brown is an ex-inspector with the British Transport Police who argued in court that he had been tricked into carrying the drugs, claiming he was unaware of the contents of the van he was driving. An accomplice, 52-year-old Patrick Hattie, has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail, BBC reports. Lawrence Phee, the man said to have been running the illegal enterprise, received an eight and a half year sentence last year after pleading guilty. With regard to Brown, the routine check at the port turned to a more in-depth investigation after a drug-detection dog “reacted positively towards the tank,” which was inordinately large. Suspicions were confirmed when officers with Scotland Police’s Border Policing Command (BPC) looked inside. Following a trial, Brown was found guilty on Apr. 21. Both Brown and Hattie were sentenced on…

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