Mark Richardson tried to flush phone down toilet during drugs raid

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

A MAN has been jailed for six months after trying to flush a mobile phone down a toilet during a police raid.

Mark Richardson, 29, was arrested at an address in Tait Wynd, Brunstane, in October 2015.

Police searching the property as part of Operation Amyloid managed to stop him from disposing of the phone.

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny Gray, from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit in Edinburgh, said: “During our searches of an address in Tait Wynd, Mark Richardson deliberately attempted to dispose of evidence but was ultimately unsuccessful and now finds himself serving a custodial sentence.”

During Operation Amyloid police found more than £100,000 worth of diamorphine, along with £2000 worth of cannabis and £10,000 in cash.

Stolen property valued at around £2000 was also recovered and 23 people were charged.

DCI Gray said: “Edinburgh’s communities have made it abundantly clear they will not tolerate organised crime and Police Scotland will continue to utilise all of its local and specialist resources to bring those involved in crimes of this nature to justice.

“If you would like to report ongoing criminal activity in your area then please contact Police Scotland on 101 or make an anonymous report to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”