Exposed: Gangsters £10m drug plot.
Byline: Vivienne Aitken Exclusive
THREE of Scotland's biggest gangsters are planning to flood the streets with more than pounds 10million worth of heroin and cocaine every month.
Paul Ferris, David Santini and Ian "Blink" McDonald hope their first shipment will arrive in Glasgow in less than a week.
The Daily Record
has been given amazing details of the scam, one of the biggest of its kind ever mounted in Scotland
. We are passing our dossier, and other information, to the police. Santini, Ferris and McDonald
have made a deal with a Turkish gang who will smuggle the huge consignment of drugs into Britain.
Scots crooks will collect the shipments from London, using AA or RAC rescue services as cover to throw police off the scent.
Then the drugs will be prepared for sale at a "factory" in a converted warehouse outside Glasgow. Employees have been hired and machinery installed for the operation.
Santini was freed from jail a month ago after serving half of an 11-year sentence for dealing pounds 1 million worth of heroin. He remains one of Glasgow's biggest drug barons, and his new venture is being seen as a bid to tighten his hold on the trade.
But Santini's conviction cost him a lot of money, and he needed cash to finance his new operation.
The money is being provided by Ferris, and McDonald is playing a leading role as Ferris's right hand man.
The gang hope to make a pounds 7million profit every month. But police will have other ideas as they study the Record's dossier. Our investigators spoke to a source close to the Turkish end of the operation. He told us
: "It is a hell of a lot of drugs. "With their past records, Ferris, Santini and McDonald are taking a huge risk. "But each of them has made sure they are two or three people away from the actual handling of the product. "If they find out I've spoken to you, I'll be taken out. But I'm sick of the whole business. "I have lost so many friends to drugs that I just want out. But the only way I'll get out is if this operation gets f***** up."
The plot has been in the planning stages for about nine months. It was set up long before Santini, 35, was freed from Barlinnie jail.
The conspirators have only met rarely face to face, but have kept in regular touch through go-betweens.
The drug trail will begin at the border between Turkey and Afghanistan, where the gang's Turkish connection will buy heroin.
The drugs will be trafficked through Turkey, and across Europe to Holland. It will then be delivered to London.
Ninety-five per cent of drugs used in Scotland are smuggled in across the English border.
Most of the heroin arrives in London, in communities run by Turkish and Kurdish drug barons.
The Glasgow gangsters will pay pounds 13,500 a kilo for 90per cent pure heroin, and pounds 18,000 for each kilo of cocaine.
Their henchmen will collect the drugs from London in a white Mercedes sprinter van.
The supplies will be loaded on to bread boards in the back, and slid into place under a false floor using specially installed runners.
The crooks plan to use unsuspecting roadside rescue crews as cover for their shipments. Our source explained
: "The driver will deliberately disable the van so it cannot be repaired at the roadside, and then call out the RAC or the AA. "Their patrolmen will be unable to repair it, so they will load it on to the back of a transporter and have it delivered to the `factory' for them. "It is rare for police to stop an RAC or AA man." The Record
exposed similar tactics by drug runners last year. But the conspirators believe the AA scam is still the best way to get past police.
They have made several dummy runs with empty vans to make sure they are not being tailed by police.
A highly professional operation has already been set up at the drug factory, believed to be in a double warehouse unit about 12 miles outside Glasgow.
Industrial kitchen blenders have been bought to "cut" the drugs - mix them with other substances to increase the bulk and value.
Four presses will form the cut drugs into blocks. The heroin and cocaine will then be vacuum-packed in nylon bags. Our insider said
: "If the product is vacuum-packed, whoever buys it knows it has not been tampered with by the couriers who deliver it. "White masking tape will be used for the cocaine and brown for the heroin. "There are about five guys in the warehouse already who will be employed in the cutting and packing. "And there will be no conning these guys about the purity of the drugs. They have even employed a former chemist to test it for them. "It is incredible - like a proper, professional factory."
Santini supplied almost all the main drug dealers in Glasgow before he was caught. He has been careful to remain a player on the hard drug scene, and is confident of becoming top dog again. The source said
: "Santini is highly respected in the drugs scene. Everyone knows he is to be trusted and that he doesn't rip anyone off."
The Turk involved in the partnership is also thought to be trusted by dealers.
But the involvement of Ferris and his ruthless sidekick McDonald will raise plenty of eyebrows.
Both have many enemies in the Glasgow underworld. Our source said
: "I know it looks odd, but at the end of the day money talks. "These guys will do anything for dosh. And if it means having to get into bed with Ferris to get what they want, then they will. "Santini's involvement will be enough to assure them everything's on the level."