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A DRUG trafficker from Methil was still on the run yesterday (Tuesday) after failing to return to prison from a spell of Christmas leave.

As the Mail went to press, Tayside Police reissued an appeal for information on Steven Robertson, confirming he was still a “missing prisoner” and they were “actively looking for him” with the help of neighbouring police forces, including Fife.

Robertson (47) failed to reappear at Castle Huntly open prison, near Dundee, following a period of festive home leave.

He had been granted one week’s temporary release to Fife and was expected to return to jail last Thursday.

Robertson was sentenced to 69 months in prison at the High Court in Kirkcaldy in February 2010, after being convicted of drugs offences.

A judge told him he had displayed “criminal effrontery”.

Robertson transferred from HMP Edinburgh to HMP Castle Huntly in October last year. He is described as five feet six inches tall, stocky, with a shaven or bald head and green/brown eyes.

Anyone who has seen Robertson, or who has information on where he is now, should call Tayside Police urgently on 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer.

The former shopkeeper was imprisoned after being caught in Methil with heroin and freed on bail – only to be found two months later with a haul valued at £500,000.

Judge Lord Uist later told Robertson at the High Court in Edinburgh: “The fact you continued in this evil trade, having been charged and bailed, shows criminal effrontery and a complete disregard for the law.”