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Dealer is jailed for coke find; Police found cash and drugs at house.

Byline: GARY STEWART

A DRUG dealer caught with nearly an ounce of high purity cocaine and PS10,000 in dirty cash was jailed.

Police raided the home of Shaun McInerney's parents after his DNA was found on a pistol at a lock-up in Ainsdale.

While he was later found not guilty on weapons charges, they did find 28g of cocaine which was 67% pure, electronic scales and adulterants alongside the money hidden behind a TV set.

McInerney, of Elmswood Road, Aigburth, denied possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and possession of criminal proceeds but was found guilty by a majority verdict after two trials.

Oliver Cook, defending, said McInerney, 37, was financially responsible for his 13-year-old son and his furniture delivery business which employed several people was also at risk now he was going to prison.

The court heard he had previously served time for robbery as a juvenile and also had a conviction for theft.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, said: "When your parents' house was searched by police, a substantial amount of cocaine was found together with electric scales and an adulterant called phenacetin and hidden in an upstairs room PS10,000.

"The cocaine was of a very high purity at 67% and clearly the intention was to bulk that cocaine out with phenacetin before it could ever reach the retail market on the street. You were in no way a street dealer, you were involved at some level in wholesale trade and you anticipated significant profit."

McInerney, who was arrested coming off an EASYJET flight from Amsterdam in 2012, was jailed for 61/2 years.

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Date:Feb 13, 2014
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