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Man 'woke up during drugs raid' in Aberdeen

A man who said he drove from Merseyside to Aberdeen for "a night out" and woke up during a police drugs raid has been acquitted of cocaine trafficking.

Vincent Sheerin, 30, "nodded off" at an apartment in Aberdeen after making the 350-mile journey, the High Court in Edinburgh heard.

Mr Sheerin, of Liverpool, said he woke up after police arrived at the flat in Whitehall Place on 11 October 2013.

He had been accused of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

A jury found the charge against him not proven on a majority verdict.

The court heard that police found high purity cocaine, a bulking agent, items that could be used for cutting the class A drug and cash in the flat.

Mr Sheerin's defence counsel Craig Findlater asked him if he had anything to do with that and he replied: "Nothing at all."

Police surveillance

Police found £220 on Mr Sheerin. He said it was "money for the night out and the rest of it was for petrol on the way home".

He denied being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

The trial judge, Lady Wolffe, told Mr Sheerin the jury had returned a verdict of acquittal and discharged him from the dock.

Peter Walters, the brother of Mr Sheerin's partner, was under police surveillance at the time.

Also from Liverpool, the 31-year-old was living in the Mastrick area of Aberdeen.

In a separate hearing, Walters was jailed for five years and three months after he was caught during the raid with cocaine with a street value of about £32,000.

He admitted being concerned in the supply of the class A drug.

The judge who jailed him, Lord Turnbull, told him he was "a principle participant" in the drug supply operation.

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