Published: 18/03/2013 14:24 - Updated: 18/03/2013 15:05

Drug peddling Inverness boxer's Audi Quattro confiscated by court

Written byBy Jenna Conti

Boxer Scott Ross's £35,000 car has been confiscated.
Boxer Scott Ross's £35,000 car has been confiscated.

A FORMER Inverness boxer is to lose his Audi Quattro car under a £35,000 confiscation order to strip him of crime profits.

Scott Ross (27), who boxed for Inverness City Boxing Club, was jailed for 43 months after admitting being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug cocaine in the Highlands between June and October 2010.

The Crown launched an action against him to seize proceeds of crime following his drug trafficking conviction.

Ross, formerly of Alness, Ross-shire, is now out of prison after the sentence was backdated to take in the period he spent on remand and appeared with a former co-accused at the High Court in Edinburgh today in the latest stage of the case.

His solicitor advocate John Keenan told the judge, Lord Uist, that a resolution had been reached in the case and various mandates completed.

Advocate depute Barry Divers asked to court to record the benefit to Ross of his "general criminal conduct" at £70,000.

He also sought a confiscation order for £35,000 which was the available assets in the action, including the car and cash.

The judge agreed that Ross should have six months to pay over the sum to Tain Sheriff Court.

The court earlier heard that Ross had provided cocaine to friends, sometimes without charging, but was also involved on a commercial level peddling the drug in Inverness, Invergordon, Wick and Alness.

He gave certain customers his bank account details so they could make direct payments.

Prosecutor Murdoch MacTaggart said it appeared Ross provided his bank account details to some of those he dealt with. Investigators traced nine payments ranging from £120 to £1300.

Police, who broke up the drugs network, seized telephone banking records and also found that his mobile phone revealed text messages linked to drug dealing activities.

The sentencing judge, Lord Jones, earlier said: "This was a planned and relatively sophisticated operation in which you played a leading part."

A co-accused electrician Graeme Cran (26) of Cameron Crescent, Munlochy, who was given a 200 hour community service order over his involvement with amphetamine, is also facing a proceeds of crime action. His case was continued to May.

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