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Ex-Royal Marines get jail time for drugs, firearms and organized crime offences

May 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The two men were handed a total of nine years behind bars

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Two ex-Royal Marines were sentenced to jail this week for their parts in transferring 30 kilograms of illegal cannabis with an estimated street value of $474,000 from a military vehicle to a van owned by the father of one of the men.

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The trio were arrested after authorities received intelligence about their suspicious illegal activity.

The men were nabbed by Police Scotland, working with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Police, as they were transferring items from a vehicle owned by the MOD from England to the van at a car park in Glasgow on June 3, 2020, notes a statement from the police service.

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Upon searching the vehicle, officers recovered 30 kilograms of cannabis — the drug is illegal throughout the U.K. except for medicinal use, access to which has proved difficult — that had an estimated street value of about $474,000. The top penalty for producing or supplying a Class B drug such as cannabis is up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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After pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis last month, the 31-year-old ex-Royal Marine received a sentence of three years and nine months, according to BBC.

The 29-year-old ex-Marine, who reportedly pleaded guilty to a charge of being involved in serious organized crime, was ordered to spend five years and three months in jail and was issued a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) for three years.

A SCPO “is intended for use against those involved in the most serious offences, including drugs trafficking, fraud and money laundering,” notes the Serious Crime Act 2015.

Per BBC, the 29-year-old marine also used his position as an ammunition storeman to try and sell live rounds.

Additionally, his 62-year-old father pleaded guilty to producing and being concerned in the supply of cannabis and a charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act, BBC reports.

Police Scotland notes he has been directed to complete a Community Payback Order (CPO) of 225 hours within 12 months. CPOs are court orders that consist of nine requirements, including supervision, unpaid work and compensation, per the Renfrewshire Council.

“The three men intended to blight our communities with drugs and violence and their sentencing is the welcome culmination of a protracted and complex investigation,” Detective Chief Superintendent Stuart Houston, head of Police Scotland’s Organised Crime Unit, says in the statement.

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“Disrupting the activities of organized crime groups and making the country an extremely hostile environment for them to operate is one of Police Scotland’s top priorities,” Houston comments.

Raffaele D’Orsi, head of intelligence and investigation for the MOD Police, adds officers “will continue to identify anyone who is a threat to the MOD’s people, assets or estates, and we will reach out into the communities, working with our policing colleagues in other forces, to mitigate such threats and bring all involved to justice, whether they are Defence employees or not and wherever they may be.”

The U.K. accused are not the only military types to be implicated in cannabis offences.

This past February, a man connected to the Nigerian Army who was taking a development course was found with 81 parcels of dry cannabis leaves after being pulled over by a highway patrol officer.

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In December 2021, according to a report by Stars and Stripes, it was revealed that three U.S. Marines based in Okinawa, Japan had earlier been indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle cannabis into the country through the mail.

An ocean and a gulf away in Trinidad and Tobago, two soldiers were arrested for attempting to smuggle contraband, including cannabis, into a maximum-security prison in June 2021.

And in a different sort of case, a Canadian soldier was found guilty last year of administering a noxious substance (weed cupcakes) and behaving in a disgraceful manner. In November 2021, she was ordered to spend up to 30 days in jail for the incident during a live-fire training exercise.

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