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George McGuiness jailed for storing £470,000 of drugs

A man who used his North Lanarkshire home as a safe house to store £470,000 of drugs has been jailed for four years and 10 months.

George McGuiness was caught with large consignments of cocaine and amphetamine at his home in Airdrie in May.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how his wife and daughter were held after police raided the house. McGuiness later handed himself in.

The 47-year-old pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the drugs.

'Evil trade'

Jailing him, judge Lady Rae said: "Your role was storing drugs for dealers who you are not prepared to name.

"I am of the view that those who do this greatly assist dealers in this evil and dreadful trade."

The court heard how police found amphetamine with a street value of £300,000 along with £170,000 of cocaine.

Some of the drugs had been kept hidden in a safe.

Firearms offence

McGuiness's wife and her daughter were detained at the time but he later went to a local police station where he told officers: "I am George McGuiness. You have my girls. I am here to make it right."

He added: "You had better phone CID because I want them out. I hold my hands up."

He claimed he had been paid £500 a month to look after the drugs for a "third party", who he refused to name.

It emerged McGuiness already had a high court conviction for a firearms offence.

He was on bail at the time of the latest incident, having been accused of possessing an offensive weapon.

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