Man jailed after drugs bust found £100,000 hidden inside lawnmower

Anthony Haggarty was caught when detectives raided six properties in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in May 2020.

Anthony Haggarty jailed for being concerned in supply of heroin, cocaine and Etizolam pills iStock

A man caught in a £300,000 drugs and dirty money operation has been jailed for four years and six months.

Anthony Haggarty was caught when detectives raided six properties in Glasgow and Renfrewshire in May 2020 as part of the Operation Bandit probe.

A judge heard how £100,000 of cash had been hidden inside a lawnmower.

The 43-year-old pled guilty at the High Court in Glasgow to being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine and Etizolam pills.

Judge Lord Armstrong said: “You were associated with the drugs and the distribution which was organised and planned in a large-scale operation.

“You were also in contact with others in that end.

“The use of these drugs is a scar on our society and young people.

“The court must make sure that those involved in the distribution of these drugs should expect significant sentences of imprisonment.”

A confiscation order of £100,490 was also agreed by the Crown and defence.

Prosecutor Lindsey Dalziel told how he had been clocked during surveillance with unnamed others linked to the illegal operation.

Haggarty was seen to visit different properties in possession of the same green rucksack. 

He is thought to have been involved handing over a package to an unknown man in Glasgow city centre.

Ms Dalziel said: “On May 12 2020, six addresses in the west of Scotland were searched and significant quantities of heroin, cocaine and cash were recovered.”

Haggarty’s tower block home in Glasgow’s Sandyhills was one of them.

Also raided was a flat in the city’s Ibrox, a house in Drumoyne, a third floor flat in Govan, as well as a house in Eaglesham and a further flat in Renfrew, both Renfrewshire.

All had been visited by or connected to Haggarty and another gang member.

The court heard police found a total of £172,010 of heroin and £125,384 of money during the raids as well as £10,950 of cocaine and £4,621 of Etizolam.

Officers also discovered drug related equipment including a hydraulic press, heat sealing machines, scales and gloves.

Haggarty had been caught trying to flee from the property in Drumoyne.

Describing the search there, Ms Dalziel said this included: “A total of £100,640 in cash was found in a plastic bag hidden in a lawnmower from within a bedroom.”

Haggarty later claimed some “smaller” amounts of drugs found during the raids were his.

He refused to say who the other hauls belonged to.

Louise Arrol, defending, said that the addict got involved with the drugs in order to pay back drug debts and fund his habit.

She added: “He was involved at the distribution level and nothing higher than that but he accepts he was involved in a significant operation.”

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