Dealer kept weapons to protect £87k drugs stash

thisisoxfordshire: Sean Flaherty Sean Flaherty

A DRUG dealer who had £87,000 of drugs and three banned weapons to protect his stash, has been jailed for seven years.

Sean Flaherty was arrested last year after police raided his flat in Territorial Way, Headington, and found it was being used to “cut and process” cocaine.

The 32-year-old was also keeping a number of weapons near the drugs – a single-shot handgun, a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone, and an incapacitator spray.

He admitted possessing cocaine and MDMA – both Class A drugs – with intent to supply, as well as possessing three banned weapons.

Tetteh Turkson, prosecuting, said on Tuesday that the stash was discovered on Friday, September 6, last year.

He said police recovered around 750g of cocaine and 27g of MDMA, which together had an estimated street value of about £87,000.

Mr Turkson said officers also found a pestle and mortar, cocaine press and scales, along with 1.5kg of cutting agent benzocaine and £12,481.86 in cash.

He told Judge Gordon Risius: “This would appear to be somewhere where drugs were being cut and processed for onward sale.

“The position of the weapons together with the position of the drugs would suggest that he had the weapons in order to protect his drugs. We would say it is higher than mere street dealing.

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The pistol discovered by police

“The items which this defendant had would seem to suggest placing him higher up the chain, nearer the source.

“He seems to be the person who is cutting the drugs to then break them down and package them for sale.”

Lucy Tapper, defending, said her client was not a “oneman operation” and other arrests had been made in connection with the drugs. She said he had been hit hard by the recent deaths of his father, uncle and aunt, but had tried to maintain a brave face for his family.

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As his barrister read out letters from friends and family members Flaherty put his head in his hands and sobbed in the dock.

Miss Tapper added: “This was a relatively short period in his life, but one with devastating consequences.

“He fell back on drink and drugs, which led him into this kind of offending.”

The barrister added that Flaherty had played semi-professional football, worked as a boxing coach and had raised more than £19,000 for a friend with cervical cancer.

Judge Gordon Risius said the defendant only had one conviction on his record for drink driving in 2004.

He also told him he had taken into account that the pistol found by police was not capable of being fired.

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12:18pm Thu 6 Mar 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

He may have a kind heart for charity but as he deals with death causing drugs absolutely no sympathy should be shown toward him!
Lucky to get just 7 years in Thailand it would have been the Death Penalty!
He may have a kind heart for charity but as he deals with death causing drugs absolutely no sympathy should be shown toward him! Lucky to get just 7 years in Thailand it would have been the Death Penalty! hammerthebarstewards
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12:20am Fri 7 Mar 14

I_am_having_my_say!! says...

I have known this guy for many years. The loss of his family members is true and sad but if we all turned to drug dealing when grieving for loved ones where would we be. Drink Drivers Kill !!! Drugs kill !!! MDMA is the rape drug (correct me if I am wrong). He raised £19,000 to help a friend with cancer. So people he cares about he helps. But the rest of us who have teenagers he is happy to supply to and possibly cause death he couldn't give a sh@@ about it's all about money and greed. An evil combination. He was lucky he got this lenient judge and not Judge Eccles he would have been looking at a longer sentence. Hopefully this will give him time to reflect on his crimes and come out a better person!!!!
I have known this guy for many years. The loss of his family members is true and sad but if we all turned to drug dealing when grieving for loved ones where would we be. Drink Drivers Kill !!! Drugs kill !!! MDMA is the rape drug (correct me if I am wrong). He raised £19,000 to help a friend with cancer. So people he cares about he helps. But the rest of us who have teenagers he is happy to supply to and possibly cause death he couldn't give a sh@@ about it's all about money and greed. An evil combination. He was lucky he got this lenient judge and not Judge Eccles he would have been looking at a longer sentence. Hopefully this will give him time to reflect on his crimes and come out a better person!!!! I_am_having_my_say!!
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6:48pm Sat 8 Mar 14

youknowjackshit says...

FYI: MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymetham
phetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. Ecstasy is a drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences. It is known commonly as Ecstasy.
FYI: MDMA (3-4 methylenedioxymetham phetamine) is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. Ecstasy is a drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences. It is known commonly as Ecstasy. youknowjackshit
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10:17am Sun 9 Mar 14

DODGY DEREK says...

LOL @ the clown above. MDMA is not a date rap drug. Thanks for you profound comments.
LOL @ the clown above. MDMA is not a date rap drug. Thanks for you profound comments. DODGY DEREK
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