A lorry driver from Motherwell was caught with more than £150,000 in dirty money during a major police operation against a drugs network.
Timothy Shaw claimed he was told the padlocked bag contained a PlayStation.
But the former soldier is now facing a jail sentence after he admitted transferring ‘criminal property’ from Scotland. Shaw (50), of Macrius Way, has only recently completed a jail sentence for smuggling millions of bootleg cigarettes into the United Kingdom.
Details of his latest criminal enterprise were revealed at the High Court in Glasgow last week.
Shaw appeared in the dock with David McKenzie (44), of Glasgow, who was jailed for six years and eight months. He admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The court heard more than £900,000 worth of the drug was seized during Operation Chilon.
Several other men had not guilty pleas accepted.
These included Samuel Sheen (50), of Summerlee Road, Craigneuk, who had been accused of working with Shaw to remove £151,000 from Scotland.
Shaw was caught after a police surveillance operation leading from his home to Manchester in August 2010. It’s thought the money was to have paid for a consignment of drugs.
Shaw’s defence advocate told the court: “He was asked to carry a bag containing the personal belongings of a former employee of a man known to him. He knew the man in question was involved to a degree in the illicit cigarette trade.
“Seeing the bag was padlocked, he inquired why this was and was told it had a Play Station in it.”
The judge, Lord Matthews, deferred sentence until later this month and Shaw had his bail continued.
In September last year Shaw was jailed for 21 months at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent after he admitted smuggling more than seven million counterfeit cigarettes into the country in March 2010.
The court heard then he was supposed to be carrying a load of yoghurt in his lorry, but customs officers found cardboard boxes - some marked frozen pizza - full of bootleg cigarettes.
The tax evaded was reckoned to be £1.7 million.
Shaw, a former Scots Guard who served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland, was said to have used his criminal earnings to take expensive holidays in Florida and New York.