Man jailed over drug haul ordered to surrender £55k

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A JAILED Albanian national with links to organised crime has been ordered to hand over £55,000 crime profits after he was caught transporting “dirty money”.

Admerin Beu was acting as a bag man for the haul of cash and also provided a safe house for cocaine with a street value of £120,000.

Beu, 41, was jailed for eight years and nine months earlier this year after admitting being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, possessing false documents and transferring criminal property.

Beu was living and working in Edinburgh when he was put under surveillance by detectives who watched him leaving a garage where he was employed and driving to a poker club in Glasgow.

A bag which appeared to contain bundles of notes was taken into the premises before Beu was seen to leave with it. He returned to a flat in Lochinvar Drive, Granton, which he leased under the name of Ileano Sauro before heading to England on November 23, 2011.

He was stopped by police and found to have £700 on him. More money was found in the car, including £38,000 in an airbag compartment.

Following his conviction the Crown raised proceedings to seize crime profits from him. Lord Brailsford was told yesterday that a settlement had been reached and made a confiscation order for £55,851.73.