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Caretaker Paul Young jailed for storing drugs and guns

A housing association caretaker who was found with drugs and guns at his flat has been jailed for five years.

Police raided Paul Young's home in Partick, Glasgow, in February following a drugs tip-off.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that they found two revolvers, ammunition and cocaine worth up to £320,000.

The 44-year-old admitted providing a "safe house" for the guns and drugs. Lord Turnbull said five years was the minimum sentence that he could impose.

The court was told that after police forced entry to Young's home he told them that there were drugs in the kitchen along with guns in a cupboard in the living room.

'Serious criminality'

Officers recovered a total of 2.5 kilos of cocaine, which could have been bulked out to produce eight kilos.

The Smith and Wesson and Rossi revolvers were concealed in bubble wrap and stored with five bullets.

Young confirmed that the guns had been brought with the drugs.

Jailing him, Lord Turnbull told the first offender: "The possession of large quantities of Class A drugs along with firearms and ammunition reflects association with the most serious form of criminality that it is practically possible to imagine."

The judge pointed out that parliament regarded the illegal possession of guns to be such a serious offence that it had laid down a minimum sentence of five years.

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