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Scots dad ‘warehoused’ £14k of cocaine after gang threatened family

A Scots dad snared with £14,000 of cocaine told cops he’d been forced to ‘warehouse’ the drugs by a gang who threatened to harm his family, a court heard.

Sean McCue, 34, was addicted to crack cocaine and said he’d ran up massive debts to his suppliers who demanded he pay them off.

Police later swooped on his Edinburgh home during a raid and found more than 440 grammes of cocaine.

After initially staying quiet, McCue told how he’d been put to work by the gangsters storing the Class A haul.

McCue appeared at the city’s sheriff court on Tuesday and pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Fiscal depute Hilary Dyer said police acquired a search warrant for McCue’s then address in the Craigour area.

McCue will be sentenced in January.

Ms Dyer said a team of cops forced entry to the property and found a rucksack in the hall cupboard.

The rucksack contained a “main bag” of cocaine, she said, which contained 216g of cocaine while three smaller bags held a total of 224.6g.

The court was told the total value of the seizure was £14,025.

Ms Dyer said McCue was taken to St Leonards police station and gave a “no comment” interview.

She added the accused was taken to a cell but later asked to speak to officers and admitted possessing the drugs.

Defence agent Stephen Mannifield said his client became addicted to crack and “built up very substantial debts to persons dealing that drug”.

McCue pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.
McCue pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Mr Mannifield said McCue fell victim to a “common” fate among many in his situation where he was “prevailed upon to warehouse drugs” and sell them to a “small extent”.

The solicitor said the dealers made it clear McCue’s “personal safety and the personal safety of his family was in question” if he didn’t settle his debt.

Mr Mannifield said: “It was open to him to contact police but he did not do that.”

McCue admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine between May 2 and October 15 last year.

Sheriff John Mundy deferred sentence on McCue, now of the city’s Niddrie area, until January for reports.

The sheriff warned him the offence was “serious” and a “significant custodial sentence is at the forefront of my mind”.

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