Former Edinburgh boxer jailed for supplying class-A drugs

Carlin was sentenced at the High Court yesterday

By James Davies

Former amateur boxer James Carlin, 24, who was busted by undercover cops for involvement in a major cocaine trafficking network in Edinburgh between 2007 and 2009, has been jailed for nine years.

Carlin was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after he was found guilty for the supply of cocaine between October 2007 and December 2008. Undercover police officers posing as big-time criminals busted Carlin in a police sting called ‘Operation Domino’.

They befriended Carlin and managed to infiltrate his drug ring, where they gathered evidence related to him and others involving the supply of large amounts of cocaine in and around Edinburgh. The operation has already recovered around £140,000 worth of drugs and a further £61,000 worth of drugs were recovered in related searches. As well as this, £15,810 worth of goods and cash was also recovered bringing the total cost of recoveries to £216,810.

Detective Superintendent David Bullen led the operation and said: “James Carlin was a key player in Edinburgh’s drug trade, and the sentence handed down today reflects the serious nature of his crimes, and those of his co-accused who were sentenced earlier.

“This was a challenging and long-term commitment by Lothian and Borders Police to dismantle an organised crime network, and the sentences passed down are a testament to the hard work of all of the officers and prosecutors involved in bringing Carlin and his co-accused to justice.Partnership working is key to our success in tackling serious and organised crime groups, and we will continue to work along the Crown Office and other Law enforcement agencies.”

Lothian and Borders Police urge the public to come forward with any information they may have in connection to drug-related crime.