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Waffle Bad Luck Scottish gang jailed for trafficking cocaine in Belgian waffle truck

James Davidson, David Mullarkey, Ellis Hardy and Wayne Smith received maximum term crime prevention orders.

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David Mullarkey, Ellis Hardy, James Davidson and Wayne Smith (Police Scotland)

David Mullarkey, Ellis Hardy, James Davidson and Wayne Smith (Police Scotland)

David Mullarkey, Ellis Hardy, James Davidson and Wayne Smith (Police Scotland)

A Scottish drug gang who smuggled millions worth of cocaine in a Belgian waffle truck have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

James Davidson, David Mullarkey, Ellis Hardy and Wayne Smith received maximum term crime prevention orders last month after police seized the Class A drug, which had a street value of £10 million (approximately €12 million).

In June 2019, police officers carried out a raid at the office of a kitchen firm at an industrial estate in Glasgow and seized 30kg of cocaine.

The drugs were hidden in a secret compartment inside an HGV lorry, which was disguised as a truck selling waffles, and transferred to a transit van at Mr Mullarkey’s business premises.

Davidson (58), of Yoker, Glasgow, and Mullarkey (47) of Stepps, Lanarkshire, were each jailed for six years and three months for their roles in the operation.

Meanwhile, Hardy (42) and Smith (39), both from Surrey, were jailed for five years and four and half years, respectively.

They had admitted being involved in organised crime and facilitating the transportation and distribution of illegal drugs.

Speaking at Edinburgh’s High Court, Lord Boyd of Duncansby, told said: “Serious organised crime poses a threat to us all.

“It damages the fabric of our society and challenges the rule of law.”

He said the trafficking of Class A drugs was “a particular scourge to our society.”

The Crown also asked the court to impose serious crime prevention orders on all four men, meaning that they will have to notify police of their addresses and be under mobile phone access restrictions following their release.

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All four were made subject to the orders for the maximum period of five years.

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