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Drugs trafficker jailed for 40 months for £60,000 haul

A drugs trafficker caught with heroin and cocaine worth more than £65,000 in Aberdeenshire has been jailed.

Shaun McCafferty, 30, of Liverpool, admitted his role in September this year at an unclassified road at Blackhills, Peterhead, and elsewhere.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard a woman stopped to speak to him and noticed his accent.

A detection dog was later deployed and a bag with drugs was found. McCafferty was jailed for 40 months.

Officers recovered the bag and put a replacement back in place, before seeing McCafferty arrive at the scene, and he was detained after driving off.

Defence counsel Drew McKenzie said McCafferty's parents had serious drug dependency problems and were in debt to dealers.

A judge told him at the High Court in Edinburgh: "It is within judicial knowledge that there is a problem in the Aberdeen area with drugs supply coming from Liverpool."

Lady Scott said she was satisfied that McCafferty had played "a significant role" and told him he would have faced a five-year sentence if he had been convicted after trial.

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