Notorious drugs baron Edward McCreadie dresses up as a convict as he celebrates his early release with his daughter
A notorious drugs baron mocked his early release from jail by going to a fancy dress party dressed as a convict.
Smirking Edward McCreadie – a former hood for late Glasgow crime boss Tam McGraw – was jailed for more than 12 years in England in 2012 after he and his daughter Roseann were caught trying to flood Scotland’s streets with heroin.
Now, the 61-year-old is getting laughs by posing in a fancy dress lag’s costume.
Last night, the Scottish Conservatives said it shows the “complete mockery” of the justice system.
The father and daughter team were part of a gang jailed in 2012 for a total of 152 years after police smashed a UK-wide operation.
McCreadie, from Rutherglen, near Glasgow, was jailed for 12 years and eight months, while Roseann was jailed for nine years for her part in the operation, which involved multiple kilos being trafficked from Liverpool to Glasgow o at least 18 occasions.
But despite his record, he is being prepared for early release with a series of home visits from open jail Castle Huntly just five years into his sentence.
He has now changed the Facebook profile picture of the page he shares with his wife to an image of him in pretend prison stripes.
Roseann, also released early from her nine-year stretch, took to the page to comment “need to buy you new clothes ya wee soul” and posted a string of laughing emojis.
Roseann also posted a picture of two glasses of cocktails she and her dad enjoyed at a plush Glasgow bar
Now MSPs have hit out at the dealers getting out early despite the drug misery they spread throughout Scotland.
Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said: “When prisoners themselves are laughing at the leniency of sentencing, we really know there’s a problem.
“Drug dealers ruin lives and ruin communities.
“This kind of behaviour should not be tolerated and it makes a complete mockery of the whole justice system.”
McCreadie was previously jailed for 15 years in 2003 after he was caught in London with cocaine worth £2.7million.
He was freed in 2009 and police believe he went straight back into the drug trade.
McCreadie sourced heroin from the English crime gang and arranged its distribution throughout Scotland.
He was caught after police south of the border conducted a surveillance operation on a number of drug traffickers and followed couriers to Glasgow.
The investigation, which was carried out by Titan (the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) over an eight-month period, extended to Wales and Glasgow, and resulted in a total of 19 arrests.
Two other Scots, couriers Gordon Smith and John Cockburn, got 12 years and four years respectively.
When police swooped, they seized drugs with an estimated street value of £2.5million – 9.25kg of heroin, 8.25kg of cocaine, 12kg of amphetamine and 11,370 tablets of BZP, a drug similar to amphetamine.
Officers also recovered £37,000 in cash
Cockburn was caught at a service station on the M6 as he drove a heroin shipment north to Glasgow.
Police found 5kg of heroin in his car, most of it split into half-kilo blocks and stuffed into sports socks.
The four hoods who led the gang were rounded up in Merseyside.
Police said ruthless McCreadie used his first prison sentence to “further his network” and thought nothing of using his own daughter to achieve his aims.
After being convicted in England on the new drugs bust in 2012, McCreadie was sent north of the border to serve his sentence at Shotts top security prison.
But because he could be released as early as next year, McCreadie has been transferred to Castle Huntly open prison near Dundee.
There he qualifies for day leave and then extended home leave. The source said: “Home visits begin with one day, rise to three days and can finally last for seven days.
“In the open estate, home leave for those who qualify begins with an overnight, building up to one, three and then seven days.
“Someone could finally have one week of home leave in every three weeks.”
Roseann got an extra 28 days on top of her nine-year sentence for shouting at the jury who convicted them: “Ya bunch of c****.”
There was fury in 2015 after the dealer, who was transferred to Cornton Vale to serve her sentence, was treated to a three-hour break from jail to see Fifty Shades of Grey with fellow convicts.
A Scottish Prison Service spokesman said only: “We do not comment on individual cases.” http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crime/drugs-baron-home-visit-mocks-11611131 https://archive.is/qF94h
McGraw owned security companies, taxi firms, pubs, and a property portfolio in Scotland, Ireland and Spain worth ‘at least £10m’. Reportedly, McGraw’s main income came from the sale of heroin and cocaine.
It has been claimed that McGraw was backed by corrupt police officers, who passed on confiscated drugs which McGraw then sold on the streets. http://aanirfan.blogspot.com.br/2014/12/narcotics-spooks-politicians.html
Fears gangland enforcer Ferris moving in on Capital cab trade
Lothian and Borders CID officers are currently studying intelligence linking the former gangland enforcer with a private minicab firm in the city. A police source said: “We are probing allegations linking a taxi firm in Edinburgh and Paul Ferris. There have been suggestions that Ferris has joint partnership in the company and our CID branch are looking into it.” Several sources in the taxi trade say it has been common knowledge among cabbies for some time that Ferris has been trying to move in on private hire companies in the Capital.https://www.scotsman.com/news/fears-gangland-enforcer-ferris-moving-in-on-capital-cab-trade-1-1051690 https://archive.is/4RdG9
“Ferris describes himself as a true-crime author and business consultant.”
“It’s claimed he is the mysterious figure lurking behind numerous businesses including security companies, taxi firms and even saunas.” https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/archives/news/24155/i-looked-paul-straight-in-the-eye-and-said-so-tell-me-did-you-kill-arthur-thompson-jnr/ https://archive.is/ArM6j
Now aged 21, Ferris immediately returned to his work as an enforcer for Thompson, and was soon arrested again and charged with possession of offensive weapons after a pickaxe handle and knives were found in his car. While awaiting trial he was involved in a stabbing, and fled to Thompson’s holiday home in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. Within a day of arriving there, he was arrested by armed police and charged with various offences including attempted murder and possession of heroin with intent to supply, and was remanded to HM Prison Barlinnie.
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