Forensic accountant to probe profits from £60,000 drug deal

Cocaine: Found in a rucksack under a rock.
Cocaine: Found in a rucksack under a rock.

A forensic accountant has been appointed to probe the finances of a drug dealer caught with £60,000 of cocaine.

Jason McAllister stashed the large haul of class-A drugs under rocks at an Aberdeenshire wasteland.

The 36-year-old is still due to be sentenced for the major drugs offence, and now the Crown is looking at ways to confiscate the money he has earned through crime.

In 2004, McAllister, a prisoner of Aberdeen, was jailed for ten years after he and his brother were caught distributing nearly £2m of heroin.

The pair had bragged to friends that they were both "untouchable" and above the law.

McAllister was released early from his sentence and in January this year was convicted at the High Court in Edinburgh after being snared in a major Grampian Police surveillance operation.

Officers discovered cocaine worth £60,000 in a rucksack hidden under a rock at Hillhead of Clinterty, Tyrebagger, after following McAllister from his Kemnay home.

A proceeds of crime confiscation hearing was held at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday.

Prosecution lawyer Barry Divers asked for an eight-week deferral so the Crown could consider the findings of a forensic accountant. The Crown will then decide how much of McAllister's wealth originates from illegal activity.

The judge, Lord Glennie, deferred the proceeds of crime hearing until May. McAllister is due to be sentenced for the drugs offence later this month.

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