Property developer jailed for diversifying into drug manufacturing

Property developer jailed for diversifying into drug manufacturing


A Scottish property developer has been sentenced to four years in prison, after a court heard how he created a crystal meth laboratory, producing the class A drug at home.

45 year-old Paul Ross originally attempted to purchase the chemicals needed to produce the drug through his property firm, Silk Estates, but failed when an online drug company refused to believe that the business was involved in “analytical research into petrology.”


However, Mr Ross eventually succeeded in buying the chemicals and equipments online, which led to Grampian Police launching an investigation and searching his home, where they found various phials of the drug.


Described as an “intelligent and successful” property developer, Mr Ross admitted to having a long-term amphetamine addiction and claimed that he had been producing the drug over a period of 14 months for his own use. 


Although it is unclear whether the problems in the property market contributed to Mr Ross’ decision to diversify into crystal meth production, Elgin Sheriff Court decided to give the property developer four years in jail for producing the drug. He was also admonished on a charge of possession.

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