Fallin dealer jailed for more than five years

Fallin drug dealer Derek Walton (29) has been jailed for five years and eight months as part of a group of 12 gangsters who received sentences totalling more than 41 years.

Walton and Inverness man Donald McLennan (also 29) were jailed by the High Court in Glasgow on Monday. McLennan was sentenced to 27 months. They were part of an organised crime group which has been pulled apart by Central Scotland Police over the last two years, police spokesmen said.

Ten other people involved in the same group have received jail terms amounting to 33 years and seven months, making a total of 12 sentenced to more than 41 years imprisonment since June 2010.

Detective Inspector Douglas Telfer, of the Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: "This was a long and complex case which started in January 2010 when police received a call relating to a domestic disturbance in a flat in Falkirk. Cocaine worth £75,000 was recovered and a relative of Walton's was arrested and subsequently jailed for being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

"The person in the flat was a relative of Walton's and we had intelligence that Walton was behind the drugs. Our investigation into Walton began and our inquiries led us to various people involved in this crime group.

"The investigations covered every area of this force and drugs worth around £750,000 and £37,000 of money was recovered."

He added: "We have recovered every kind of illicit substance and prevented them from getting onto our streets which can only benefit our communities. The length of sentences and the amount of people that have received jail terms shows that we, and the courts, take this kind of illegal behaviour extremely seriously. We will pursue those intent on bringing drugs to our streets and this should send out a strong warning that there is no hiding place from our officers."


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