A "despicable" Glasgow gang used violence and intimidation to "wreck the lives" of drug addicts for their own gain, a senior police officer has said. 

It comes as six members of the group - caught with £600,000 of cocaine, heroin and fake valium pills Etizolam they intended to flood Inverness with - were jailed for a total of 25 years.

Ringleaders Kieran Adams, 28, from Clydebank and Stephen Kelly, 31, from Glasgow, were each sentenced to seven years and six months.

Donald Dunbar, 61, from Glasgow, Kenneth MacKenzie, 25, from Glasgow, and Sean Gordon, 28, from Drumchapel, Glasgow, were each jailed for three years each, and Karen Reynolds, 51, from Glasgow, was jailed for a year.

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Danielle Finlay, 30, from Hamilton, had a sentence on her deferred until December and she was granted bail.

They all admitted being involved in the supply of drugs between November 2018 and March this year.

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector William Nimmo of Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit, Inverness, vowed to continue cracking down on drug gangs.

He said: "This was a complex Investigation which took extensive and innovative inquiry to ensure that those at the top of this crime group faced justice. 

"Individuals such as Stephen Kelly and Kieran Adams operate using violence and intimidation, wrecking the lives of people addicted to controlled drugs and that of their families. 

"Profiting from this behaviour is nothing short of despicable and people like this bring nothing but harm to our communities."

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He added: "We will continue to target other like-minded people, wherever they are from, in our efforts to ensure the Highlands and Islands remains an attractive and safe environment to live and visit.

"I would urge anyone with concerns or information about drugs dealing not to stay quiet but to pass this on to police or through Crimestoppers.

"We evaluate and act on every piece of information we receive and community intelligence helps us to thoroughly investigate drug dealers and make them face the consequences of their actions."

A seventh member of the gang had their sentence deferred for further reports.

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Sentencing the group, Judge Lord Boyd spoke of the "sophisticated and organised criminal conspiracy" which they all played a part in.

The Judge told Adams and Kelly: “You are the only ones who do not have a dependency on drugs. You directed others and your motivation was wholly financial gain."

The High Court in Glasgow heard that the other accused had drug problems and became involved to pay off drugs debts.

Defence counsel Mark Moir, representing Finlay said: “She had a significant drug addiction problem and is taking steps to address that. Her involvement in this was acting as a courier on a single day.

"She had accrued a significant drug debt and had agreed to act as a courier to help pay that off.”

Lord Boyd is considering a non-custodial sentence for Finlay and has called for further reports on her progress.