A Fife man has been jailed for four years after almost £200,000 worth of class A and B drugs were seized by police earlier this year.
Ian Hildersley, 28, from Kirkcaldy, was caught on Thursday, May 3 when local officers and specialist resources stopped his vehicle on the A92 near the Kirkcaldy West junction.
Around 10,000 ecstasy tablets and a quantity of MDMA crystals with a combined estimated street value of £135,000 were found, and that led to search warrants being executed at properties in the town’s Saunders Street and Glamis Road areas.
That operation netted an estimated £62,000 worth of cocaine and amphetamine, and more than £2,000 in cash was also recovered.
Hildersley pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs on the date in question at the A92 Chapel junction and also at an address in Saunders Street, and was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Tuesday morning.
In sentencing, Lord Woolman told Hildersley he would have spent six years behind bars had it not been for an early admission of guilt.
“Quite simply, drugs wreck lives,” he said.
The court has previously heard how Hildersley had been travelling eastbound on the A92 on the evening in question when his vehicle was pulled over by police following a tip-off.
His Renault Megane was surrounded by police vehicles at around 5.20pm and his car was searched by specialist officers.
Detective Inspector Grant Sangster, of Police Scotland’s East Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit said: “We are absolutely committed to disrupting the sale and supply of illicit substances.
“Those involved in the drugs trade are attempting to profit by putting people’s lives at risk, with this money also used to fund other forms of organised crime.”
“All information received from the public will be assessed and acted upon appropriately and I would continue to urge people to tell us their concerns.
“Information can be passed to Police Scotland on 101, or reported anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 at any time.”