Caught in the Crossfire. Scotland's Deadliest Drugs War by Russell Findlay

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Scotland’s deadliest gang struggle of a new release – the Daniel family members as opposed to the Lyons – used to be sparked by way of a cocaine robbery from a home get together which unleashed a decade of murderous violence. Devastation ensued… beatings, slashings, abductions and torture. houses have been firebombed whereas young children slept; witnesses have been pressured into defense and households ripped aside. Michael Lyons, 21, was once slaughtered with British military weapons in a triple capturing at a north Glasgow storage. Daniel enforcer Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, 29, had thirteen photographs pumped into him outdoors an Asda grocery store. The desecration of the grave of eight-year-old melanoma sufferer Garry Lyons marked a sickening low. stuck within the crossfire have been courageous citizens of Milton, Glasgow, who hostile their neighborhood centre getting used as a taxpayer-funded gang hut by way of the Lyons. opposed to the chances, they received their six-year conflict which uncovered a murky nexus among cops, politicians and the underworld. this can be the...

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In an area dependent on the metal industry, the family’s scavenging for scrap should come as no surprise. Foundries, along with shipbuilding, railway locomotive manufacture and numerous other industries, had turned Glasgow into the second city of the British Empire with the fourth-largest population in Europe behind London, Paris and Berlin. The foundry industry was decimated by both the Second World War – when iron procurement became a priority for insatiable military rather than ornate civic projects – and the decline of the Empire.

That was when Eddie took his first step towards legitimacy – with the official backing of Strathclyde Police. Colston Secondary School in Springburn had been built to educate the children of the workers who had historically made the area Europe’s largest manufacturer of railway locomotives. As the industry died, falling pupil numbers led to its closure in 1989. Four years later, the empty building was razed to the ground in a fire attack. Half a mile away from the school was its annexe at 342 Ashgill Road which was shared with Chirnsyde Primary School.

And – unlike the police – they are not restricted by force boundaries. The highly trained seven-man squad are Customs and Excise officers based in Glasgow. They have been brought together despite massive cuts in Customs service. Already the squad have scored a major success in the international fight against hard drugs. Last week, in a case so far unreported in Scotland, two Glasgow men were jailed for a total of 12 years at Chichester Crown Court. Ijaz Ahmed, 41, of Willowbank Crescent, got eight years after being found guilty of three charges of drugs smuggling and James Daniel, 25, of Finlas Street, was sentenced to four years on one charge of drug smuggling through Heathrow Airport.

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