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TEENAGE HEROIN DEALERS SET UP SHOP IN A TENT; Addicts queue as drugs are delivered by bike.

Byline: Gordon McIlwraith

BRAZEN teenage drug dealers set up shop in a tent and delivered heroin by bike.

Their "business" was so good that at times queues formed to buy the drug.

Undercover cops caught Dylan Shaw, 16, delivering heroin on his bike.

He was part of a gang known as the Young Team who operated in Saracen, north Glasgow.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Shaw, Jordan Donnelly, 17, Steven Gordon, 22, and Alexander Sutherland, 20, all admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug.

Gordon, Donnelly and Shaw were on bail at the time of the offence.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, walked free after the Crown accepted his not guilty plea.

By @dai-Police launched Operation Hudson in Saracen and undercover officers spent four weeks buying heroin from the gang.

Leanne Cross, prosecuting, said: "At one point during the operation, a tent was erected by the accused in the area."

Initially, the officers mingled in the streets looking for deals but eventually Sutherland gave one of them a phone number so he could check whether "the shop was open".

Another officer looking for a pounds 10 deal was told that the Young Team only sold bags worth between pounds 25 and pounds 50. Cross said: "The officers noted that on most occasions, Shaw and Donnelly packages of diamorphine on them and that they had between pounds 200 and pounds 300 cash in their possession.

"On a regular basis, there would be a queue of people waiting to buy drugs. Gordon and Sutherland were not at any stage witnessed touching or handing over any packages of diamorphine.

"But they appeared to be actively involved in organising the transactions."

All four youths, from Glasgow, will be sentenced in March after background reports.


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Date:Jan 29, 2010
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