Council pays convicted drug smuggler to house homeless families at Scottish B&B

September 29, 2010 at 11:32 am Leave a comment

Scottish taxpayers have been unwittingly lining the pockets of a convicted drug smuggler, thanks to an initiative in which Fife Council pay for homeless families to be put up in a B&B, local paper the Daily Record has revealed.

The bed and breakfast in question is operated by ex-convict Rod McLean and his mother. McLean was arrested in 1996 as he and his gang attempted to smuggle £10 million of marijuana into Scotland by boat.

The gang was led by McLean’s father, one of Scotland’s most notorious criminals, who set fire to the hoard and indirectly caused the death of a customs officer as he was crushed between two boats while trying to escape the flames.

McLean, once a police informer, was released from prison after serving 4 years of an 8-year sentence and now owns property in several locations in Scotland. His father escaped from prison after serving 7 years of a 21-year sentence, and was later found to have died in mysterious circumstances at a B&B in London.

Police are outraged that McLean is now being allowed to profit at public expense by taking money from the council to house young families who have been made temporarily homeless.

A police source in contact with the Daily Record said: ‘It is unbelievable that the council are lining the coffers of a business owned by a convicted drug smuggler and his family … Rod McLean’s reputation goes before him but the application to the council for a licence for this B&B went through without a hitch.’

Local SNP councillor Fiona Grant told the paper that she would certainly be raising the issue with the council.

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