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Paul McSherry jailed over cocaine 'cutting shop'

A man who was caught in a cocaine "cutting shop" in South Lanarkshire has been jailed for four years.

Police found Paul McSherry, 32, lying on a bed in the house in Lesmahagow while others tried to escape.

During the raid, three kilos of the Class A drug, with an estimated street value of £122,000, were recovered along with a press and mixing agents.

McSherry, from Livingston, West Lothian, admitted being concerned in the supply of the drug last October.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Turnbull told him he would have faced a five year sentence for the drugs offence, but for his guilty plea.

The court heard that police had been carrying out surveillance before forcing entry to the house where they found a large mechanical press in the living room.

McSherry had delivered a first batch of cocaine to the house by van before helping to mix the drug with a cutting agent, weighing, pressing and bagging it.

He also asked another man to collect more drugs and he was handed a rucksack.

The court heard it was understood that the others who attempted to escape were there to collect the cocaine.

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