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A lorry driver from West Lothian has been handed a seven-and-a-half-year jail sentence following the seizure of cocaine worth almost £900,000 in Bathgate

As part of a proactive investigation into drug supply, officers from the joint National Crime Agency and Police Scotland Organised Crime Partnership arrested John Neilson, aged 44, at a vehicle repair yard on Easton Road, Bathgate, on 22 June 2020.
During a search of the van he had been driving, 15 kilo blocks of cocaine were found, each hidden inside bags of dried dog food which had been transported to the location from a supplier in Staffordshire.
Forensic checks would later reveal the blocks were 65 percent pure cocaine, which meant once cut the drugs would have had a potential street value of around £875,000.
A search of Neilson’s home address in Whitburn uncovered further opened bags of the same dried dog food, but no further drugs.
Working alongside our law enforcement partners, we are determined to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in drug supply and protect the public.