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Cannabis smugglers sentenced

Two brothers who were caught with suitcases full of cannabis were sentenced today at the High Court in Edinburgh

James Goldsmith (also known as James Woods) and Jack Goldsmith were arrested after arriving at Prestwick Airport on a flight from Malaga in January this year.

They had each checked in one suitcase and after collecting them from the carousel they were stopped by airport officials who carried out a search.

Inside the cases the officers discovered a total of 10 sealed bags of cannabis weighing around 18kg and with a street value of approximately £180,000.

The two men, from Hastings in East Sussex, were interviewed with the older brother James insisting the drugs had been placed in his bag after it was checked in. Jack Goldsmith made no comment throughout.

Both men appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on 18 May and pleaded guilty to the offence.

Today James Goldsmith was sentenced to three years in prison and Jack Goldsmith was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Speaking following the sentencing, Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, said:

“This conviction means another large quantity of cannabis has been taken out of the illegal drug supply chain. 

“They had been intent on bringing illegal substances through Scotland and attempted to deceive officers when stopped and questioned about their activities. 

“We will continue to work with the police and other agencies to keep communities safe by reducing their exposure to these illegal drugs and the harm they cause.”