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.
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."