IT Man Jailed Over Cannabis Plan

 
A Scots IT consultant has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of trying to smuggle cannabis resin worth £860,000 into Northern Ireland. Desmond McGuire, 37, was arrested after his DNA was found on packaging for 300 kilos of the drug which was in a lorry stopped by police in Ayrshire. His accomplice, Alan Burns, 58, was jailed for six years at the High Court on Glasgow for storing the drugs.
 
The case against a third man, James English, 35, was found not proven. The court heard how McGuire, who earned up to £100,000 a year, was unaware that he was under police surveillance.
 
'Planned venture'
Information gathered by officers allowed them to stop the lorry carrying the drugs near Ayr as it made its way to a ferry connection to Northern Ireland. Forensic analysis of the wrapping on 10 packages of cannabis resin later revealed McGuire's DNA and a hand print. Jailing him, temporary judge Rita Rae QC told McGuire: "You organised this venture and greed must have been your motivation.
"You have a previous conviction for possession with intent to supply."This was a planned venture to transport drugs to Northern Ireland in a lorry containing alcohol."Fortunately the police had you under surveillance and the plan was foiled."