A drug dealer caught with more than £1 million worth of heroin and cocaine has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
The Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) said James McMahon, 51, was handed his prison sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh after being caught with the class A drugs in a supermarket car park.
His conviction came as a result of an intelligence-led investigation by SCDEA, which started in 2006. The agency said officers followed McMahon's white van in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, after becoming suspicious when they saw him concealing an item in his jacket.
He was arrested at an Asda store in Hamilton, where officers found 14kg of heroin and 3.2kg of cocaine hidden behind plywood panels in the rear of the vehicle.
SCDEA said the drugs, worth £1.2 million in their "high-purity" form, would have had a much greater street value when combined with mixing agents.
McMahon was re-arrested in Wishaw in November last year after failing to appear at court when he was granted bail.
Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of investigations at SCDEA, said: "As a result of our investigation, we prevented a significant amount of illegal drugs from reaching the streets and causing untold harm in our communities.
"A drug dealer is also now serving a much-deserved prison sentence. Today's (Tuesday's) sentencing demonstrates that drug dealers are not above the law and others should sit up and take note.
"We are using all means at our disposal to identify who they are, to put them out of business and ensure they are brought to justice for their crimes, no matter how long this takes. We will continue to target drug dealers and I would urge the public to support us.
"Anyone who may have information on drug dealers in their community should contact their local police office and they can report their suspicions anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."