NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Dealer caught with heroin valued at £140,000 jailed

An Aberdeen drug dealer caught with heroin worth £140,000 if sold on the street has been jailed for five years and eight months.

Warren Hennelly admitted being part of a "significant drug dealing operation" at the High Court in Livingston.

The 33-year-old was caught by police following a car chase, five months after a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

Two other men who were part of the same operation were jailed in November.

Police received intelligence at the start of 2013 that Hennelly was dealing Class A drugs alongside Steven McDonald and Arthur Ord.

Ord and McDonald were both jailed for more than three years after police raided Ord's home in February 2013, finding powder containing diamorphine along with substances used to "cut" the drugs to increase the bulk.

However Hennelly, of Aberdeen, failed to appear at the High Court in Edinburgh in October, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Gambling debt

In March this year, police spotted him in a car on the A9 near Balmedie, and after a chase caught him in possession of £660 in cash and two mobile phones.

The driver of the car, Lee McAllister, told police Hennelly had been staying at an address owned by him, where they found £2,000 in cash and several blocks of heroin hidden behind kickboards in the kitchen.

Hennelly claimed he had run up a £40,000 gambling debt two and a half years earlier, and had agreed to look after and deliver heroin for some men.

He said he had sold two kilos of heroin every three or four weeks over a four month period to pay off the debt.

He admitted being concerned in the supplying of a controlled drug between November 2012 and March 2014, as well as failing to appear at the High Court in October 2013.

Judge Lord Abercromby told Hennelly he had been involved in a "significant drug dealing operation", and had been caught with heroin worth £140,000 on the street.

Jailing him for five years and eight months, the judge also ordered that the cash seized from the dealer should be confiscated.

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites