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PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:01 am 

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Sure I read the original article on this a few weeks ago, but it doesn't seem to be on here. But most of this is just the original article repeated, except that that one said he was a 'former taxi driver', who now resides in Folkestone, Kent, and now drives a truck.

But, of course, he no doubt lost his badge some time ago :?

Drug dealing Dundee taxi driver had haul of illegal weaponry


A taxi driver caught with thousands of pounds worth of class-A drugs and firearms in his Dundee home who claimed he had been “set-up” has been jailed.

Scott Cuthill will spend 22 months behind bars after admitting being a drug dealer and owning the weapons earlier this year.

The 57-year-old had been warned at an earlier hearing he faced a custodial sentence, which was handed down by Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Sending him down, she said: “A custodial sentence is to be expected in firearms cases.”

‘This is a set-up’

Police visited Cuthill’s old home in Caldrum Street on August 11 2019 due to an unrelated incident.

Both Cuthill and his partner of 15 years, from whom he had recently split, were taken to police HQ at West Bell Street.

At that stage, no criminality was established by officers but Cuthill’s partner – the registered tenant – provided the keys to the property for police to search.

They returned to the house and found a safe, which was locked with a digital keypad, and a secured moneybox within.

They returned to the station and asked Cuthill for the code, which he refused to provide.

He told police: “This is a set-up, this is a set-up.”

Weapons and drugs

Police eventually forced entry to the safe and found a haul of drug paraphernalia and illegal items including a can of PAVA spray labelled “American-style Nato super-paralysing”

A stun gun, from which sparks could be both seen and heard by officers was also recovered.

Both of these items are illegal in the UK unless the owners hold a firearms licence.

Police also discovered tubs and snap-bags full of amphetamines and methamphetamines, which were covered in Cuthill’s DNA.

In total, 184.17 grammes of drugs were seized, along with a set of weighing scales.

Police valued this haul as being worth between £3,680 and £5,520 and noted from evidence they uncovered, Cuthill was selling single-gramme deals for £20.

Related messages on his phone dated back to November 2017.

Cuthill admitted being concerned in the supply of both drugs for two years.

Police also seized £3,400 in cash from the safe and cashbox and a further £795.68 from Cuthill.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:02 am 

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There's also this from 2017 :?

‘Depressed’ Dundee man sent indecent text messages to social worker ... al-worker/

Scott Cuthill, 52, of Caldrum Street, was placed on a community payback order and told to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work.

Cuthill admitted that on various occasions between February 22 and March 6, at Caldrum Street, he sent grossly abusive text messages to a social worker which were indecent, obscene or menacing.

He also admitted that he swore and uttered abusive and threatening remarks.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty told the court his client suffered from anxiety and depression but had been meeting his GP regarding that.

“He has not resorted to self-medicating with alcohol, which was at the root of these problems,” said Mr Laverty.

“He accepts it is a serious matter.”

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 2:06 am 

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There's an article on here from 2012 about a stone-throwing/windscreen-smashing incident in Dundee, and the driver was a Scott Cuthill (46).

So almost certainly the same person, therefore looks like he was in the trade a few years before the drugs thing came to light.

So early in 2017, he made the abusive and threatening remarks to a social worker. The drugs case says messages on his phone relating to dealing date back to November 2017. So maybe he started dealing after the case with the social worker, but of course he could well have been dealing before then.

But he was presumably allowed to keep his badge after the threatening texts and remarks incidents early in 2017, when he'd also been diagnosed with depression. (Although that article doesn't mention the t-word.)

But he was caught with the drugs and weaponry a couple of years later in 2019, when it looks like he was still driving a taxi.

By early this year he'd moved to Folkestone, where he was working as a trucker.

Now he's in jail :-|

PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2022 7:28 pm 
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Now he's in jail :-|

And he only has himself to blame for it.


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