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Saturday, 25 October 2008

Jamie "The Iceman" Stevenson "He believed he was untouchable."Officers worked with colleagues in Holland, Spain and Portugal

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Jamie "The Iceman" Stevenson is serving 12 years and nine months for laundering more than £1million of drug cash.grinned yesterday as he agreed to hand over £747,000 - his proceeds of crime.Houses, cars, a caravan and jewellery are among the haul that makes up Scotland's second highest confiscation order against an individual.
And it comes on top of £204,000 cops seized from the gangland boss when he was arrested for running a money laundering scam.Stevenson, 43, is serving 12 years and nine months for laundering more than £1million of drug cash.At the High Court in Edinburgh, prosecutor Barry Divers told Lord Uist that the proceeds of Stevenson's criminal conduct amounted to s1.02million.The Crown said they could identify £747,080 of realisable assets.They include £389,000 in cash, a house in Campsie Road, East Kilbride worth £142,000, and another property in Portland Street, Troon, valued at £52,000.His other assets include £25,000 in bank accounts, £8000 in share dividends and £13,445 worth of jewellery. total of 56 watches worth £60,000 were listed, including Rolexes, Breitlings and a £10,000 Juan Pablo Montoya Royal Oak.Stevenson will even have to give up his £16,600 caravan.Also included in the order were 12 Skoda Octavia cars worth a total of £36,000 which Stevenson used to run a taxi firmto front his illegal operation.Last year, Glasgow City Council suspended CS Cars' licence to operate, claiming Stevenson's wife Caroline, who was in charge, was "not a fit person" to run the firm.Stevenson has been given six months to pay up.
His stepson Gerard Carbin, 29, the son of one-eyed heroin dealer Gerry "Cyclops" Carbin, was jailed for five-and-a-half years for his role in the money laundering fiddle.He has already agreed to hand over £44,000 as his proceeds of crime.
Scotland's biggest confiscation order of £1.3million was made against businessman Michael Voudouri, 37, of Bridge of Allan, Stirlinghire, who was jailed for four years in 2004 for a £3million VAT scam.Stevenson - a suspect in three gangland murders - was regarded as one of the most cunning and ruthless crooks ever to rule Scotland's underworld.He had no scruples about using violence to build his empire, and his cold-hearted nature earned him the nickname "Iceman".In 2000, he was a prime suspect in the murder of former best pal Tony McGovern, leader of an infamous Glasgow crime clan.McGovern, 35, who had been best man at Stevenson's wedding, was shot five times outside a pub in the city's Springburn district.Stevenson was charged with the killing but the case never got to court.The Iceman was also a suspect in the 2001 murders of drug dealers John Hall and David McIntosh in Larkhall, Lanarkshire.The victims were tortured and shot in the head over a £120,000 cocaine debt. The killers torched their bodies.Stevenson was never charged with the murders and as his empire continued to grow, so did his confidence.By 2003, Stevenson was labelled Scotland's most wanted drug lord.When he felt under pressure from police, he would head to a bolthole in Amsterdam and lie low for a while.But in May 2003, police finally found a way to snare the Iceman.Stevenson left his modest flat in Burnside, near Glasgow, unattended while he joined 90,000 other Celtic fans in Seville to see the Hoops take on FC Porto in the UEFA Cup final.Cops sneaked into his home and planted listening devices.These bugs allowed detectives to eavesdrop on thousands of hours of conversations between Stevenson, Carbin and their associates.The evidence they gathered played a vital role in bringing the pair to justice, and helped prove Stevenson had laundered drug cash.His conviction completed Operation Folklore, the biggest surveillance effort evermounted by Scots police.Officers worked with colleagues in Holland, Spain and Portugal to target the vast criminal enterprise headed by Stevenson.The huge anti-drug offensive led to 71 arrests and took more than s61million worth of drugs off the street.One senior detective said: "He believed he was untouchable."

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