TWO Lothian men with drugs convictions – one a major player in flooding heroin into the country, the other a murder victim – are among the richest crooks who failed to pay £4.5 million under dirty money laws.
Notorious heroin kingpin Mohammed Younas, 44, from Edinburgh, was jailed for ten years in 2012.
He was a key member of a gang responsible for masterminding a surge in heroin use across the Lothians, Strathclyde, the Borders and Fife.
But the heroin dealer has not paid a penny of a £126,000 order imposed last August.
Younas was a member of a cross-Border drugs gang who were together jailed for more than 40 years after flooding Scotland’s streets with heroin.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency seized more than £637,000 of the drug after targeting the group’s main supply route.
SCDEA investigations boss Chief Superintendent Athol Aitken said the gang were trafficking “significant” amounts of the class A drug.
During the gang’s sentencing, Ch Supt Aitken said: “The court result sends a message to those involved in organised crime that law enforcement agencies in Scotland are determined to detect and dismantle their criminal enterprises and bring those involved to justice.
“Drugs to these people are simply a commodity to be traded for money and influence. In our communities, however, drugs bring fear, intimidation and violence.”
However, despite the tough sentencing, Younas has been able to flout an order to pay back the proceeds he has made from crime.
Cannabis farmer Alexander Cameron died before he paid back any of the £525,000 from the order handed down in May last year. Cameron, 66, since murdered by his brother-in-law, James Smith, suffered a brutal death.
He was battered with a mallet and an axe and buried under a pile of horse manure at the farm in Kirknewton he rented to 58-year-old Smith.
Smith claimed he was acting in self-defence when Cameron attacked him and threatened to shoot his wife, Helen.
The killer was found guilty of murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.
Commenting on the difficulties in seizing the proceeds of crime, the Scottish Court Service said some cases were hampered by appeals, money abroad, and ongoing investigations.