Glasgow & West Scotland

Paul Donnell faces jail term over guns and drugs find

A man is facing a jail term after being caught with £61,000 of drugs and an arsenal of weapons and live ammunition.

When police raided Paul Donnell's home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, in September, they found cocaine and heroin, five handguns, a rifle and bullets.

The 43-year-old said he had a £70,000 drugs debt but refused to say if he had been forced to store the items.

Donnell admitted a string of firearms and drugs charges at the High Court in Glasgow. Sentence was deferred.

Donnell was remanded in custody and faces a lengthy jail-term when he is sentenced in the New Year.

Guns working

Police initially believed Donnell was storing only drugs at his rented flat before discovering the cache of guns.

These included a Smith and Wesson revolver wrapped in a kitchen cloth in a cupboard.

A Russian Baikal pistol was also found. The other firearms seized were a Rossi revolver, two Glock self-loading pistols and a bolt-action hunting rifle.

All of the firearms seized were in working order.

The court heard the majority of the firearms were found in the loft along with rounds of ammunition, a silencer and a sight.

Officers also discovered heroin and cocaine with an estimated street value of £61,000.

Other finds included almost £15,000 in cash, 12 mobiles phones, two laptop computers and a receipt for a £1,300 handbag.

Donnell admitted everything seized in the flat was his. However, he refused to answer when asked whether he had been forced or threatened into storing the guns and drugs.

He did claim that he did have a £70,000 drug debt to "un-named persons".

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