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Drug dealer caught after police called to water leak

Former oil industry manager Martin Wallace ordered to hand over £46,000.

The hearing took place at the High Court in Edinburgh.
The hearing took place at the High Court in Edinburgh.

A former oil industry manager was caught trafficking cocaine after his flat sprung a leak.

Martin Wallace, 49, was ordered on Thursday to hand over £46,000 in crime profits.

An earlier court hearing was told he was caught after a downstairs neighbour became concerned about a water leak from the flat in Aberdeen

After failing to make contact with Wallace, the neighbour called police who forced entry.

In a bedroom officers found a rolled up £20 note, white powder and a press and obtained a search warrant.

During the search, a driver's licence in Wallace's name was discovered along with more cocaine and what appeared to be a drugs tick list.

He was jailed last year after police recovered two kilos of the drug with a maximum street value of £182,000.

The Crown brought a proceeds of crime action against him to recover illicit profits.

But his counsel Gail Gianni told a judge: "I am pleased to report negotiations in this case have been fruitful and a settlement has been reached."

Lady Scott said a confiscation order would be made in the sum of £46,074 with Wallace given six months to pay.

Wallace earlier pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the Class A drug between November 1 and December 9 in 2016 at a flat in Bedford Road, Aberdeen.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years.

The judge who jailed him, Lord Beckett, said: "You premises were used for five weeks for a reasonably sophisticated drug operation and you were involved in the distribution."

The court heard that Wallace was a project manager in the oil industry until 2013 when he took time off to look after his sister.

He bought two flats in Aberdeen and one was let to tenants who were involved in drug-dealing and he became involved for financial gain, Lord Beckett was told.

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