Mark Francis Quinn was convicted of being involved in supplying millions of pounds of amphetamine into Scotland during 2013 and 2014.
Quinn fled the UK in 2014 and was later arrested in Maastricht on an international arrest warrant, which resulted in him being extradited back to Scotland. He was linked to more than £10 of amphetamine following a series of cross border raids. He was involved in turning a former nursing home into a large-scales drugs factory.
Quinn pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of amphetamine between August 2013 and April 2014.
In sentencing Quinn, Lord Beckett stated: “This was drug dealing on a grand scale aggravated by a connection with serious and organised crime.
“Your involvement was associated with seizures of large quantities of amphetamine on four occasions. This involved hundreds of kilogrammes of the drug in total with potential amount in excess of £10m.”
He would have received a 9-year custodial sentence, but for his guilty plea. His lawyer told the court that Quinn had been involved in the building trade and had been part of a project to transform the nursing home into luxury flats. He then had money problems which led to him asking certain individuals for money. They then viewed him as easy prey.
Gail Gianni, defending, stated: “He has no excuses, but if there had not been the financial climate at the time, he would not be in this court.”