Seven men who used social media apps such as Snapchat to sell and supply drugs have been jailed for over 30 years.

Kashif Sadiq (32), John Robertson (27), Jordan Devine (29), Peter Davies (23), Jamshaid Yaqoob (38), Asad Raja (28), and Adam Ahmed (24) were caught following a sting operation run by detectives from Greater Glasgow Division’s Proactive Criminal Investigations Department.

The men were jailed today (Friday, October 6) having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of being involved in serious organised crime.

The drug dealers were caught after officers started looking into two online drug supply lines in May 2021.

Names such as ‘Dr Greengo’ and ‘Roger Dodger,’ run by Sadiq and his associates, supplied cannabis and Class A drugs.

The group predominantly used Snapchat to carry out their business.

During a complex investigation involving specialist officers, police discovered the group's distribution methods of post, pick-up, and drop-off services, with each method having its own dedicated contact number for buyers.

Using both forensic and cyber examinations, officers were then able to identify other individuals involved in the group who held roles of dealing, storing, packaging, and couriering the drugs.

Four officers went undercover - one posing as a customer got access having been vouched for by a medical student.

The officers - who made a series of purchases to help catch the gang - uncovered its "broader methods of advertising and recruitment".

A Snapchat "story" - also put on the Telegram social media app - stated: "Anyone home all day - wanna make the easiest £80 ever. Shout me."

Detective Inspector Alan Ferguson of Greater Glasgow CID said: “Dismantling this group has significantly disrupted the supply of drugs in Scotland.

“This was a sophisticated criminal enterprise with Sadiq especially exploiting his illicit activity to fund a lavish lifestyle, which included trips to London and high-value transactions in luxury department stores. We seized over £1 million in assets which included over £900,000 in cash.

“This investigation underlines our commitment to the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and the country’s Serious Organised Crime Strategy.

“I want to reassure the public that day in day out officers are working hard to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal drugs. To those involved in serious and organised crime, we will target you and your associates.

“We continue to rely on the public to build our intelligence to stop criminals and I would encourage anyone to report any serious and organised criminal activity to Police Scotland by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

At the High Court in Glasgow, principal of the group Sadiq was jailed for six years and nine months, with Devine jailed for five years.

Davies received four and a half years, with Ahmed, Raja and Robertson receiving four-year jail terms, and Yaqoob was jailed for three years.