Four drug dealers are being pursued for money made from their £200,000 Dundee heroin operation.
The gang was jailed for a total of 16 years last month at Edinburgh High Court after being caught by police trying to move heroin worth £200,000 from Glasgow to Dundee.
And now prosecutors are attempting to claw back cash the group made from the operation.
Niki Hunter, Sean Massey, Sean Campbell and Raymond Cossar are expected to appear before the High Court again next month for a confiscation hearing.
Arguments about the amount of money to be claimed are set to be heard when the hearing takes place currently scheduled for September 9 at Edinburgh High Court.
Hunter, 31, of Dundee’s Cassidy Walk, was jailed for six-and-a-half years on July 18 as Judge Lady Scott told him he had clearly been in charge of the Dundee end of the operation.
He had been caught alongside Sean Massey, 22, of Craigievar Walk, dealing heroin on November 15 last year at Tranent Walk.
Lady Scott said that Massey had been a look-out on Hunter’s instructions, while 25-year-old Sean Campbell, of Findhorn Street, had been carrying the money for payment. The judge said she accepted Massey was a “foot soldier” and he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.
Campbell and courier Raymond Cossar, 27, of Glasgow’s Cottar Street, were each jailed for three years after admitting their involvement.
Temporary Detective Inspector Scott Thompson, of Police Scotland’s Tayside Division, hailed the operation to catch the gang.
He said: “As a result of our intelligence-led operation, these four people will not be at liberty to profit from the misery of others for some time.
“The net result is that we have disrupted the activities of serious and organised criminals.
“In this case, we have prevented two kilos of heroin worth £200,000 from reaching our communities.”
Campbell’s counsel told the court that his client’s offence was moving money to a car, and his motivation was “purely financial”, while Louise Arrol, defending Cossar, said he had been offered the opportunity to make some money that he thought could supplement his benefits.