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Trafficking in Children and Cannabis
July 5, 2013 permalink
English social worker Kirsty Watson was caught delivering 100 kilograms of cannabis resin in her car. Cannabis resin (hashish) is extracted from the trichomes of marijuana plants. The quantity carried by Watson required starting with tons of plant growth.
Social worker caught delivering £500,000 of cannabis
A social worker was caught delivering £500,000 of cannabis in her car after driving from Lancashire to Scotland.
Kirsty Watson, 24, of Thorntrees Avenue, Lea, Preston, was stopped by police in Dunfermline, Fife, with 100kg of cannabis resin in the back of her vehicle.
Watson later admitted being concerned in the supply of the Class B drug, when she appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Advocate depute Adrian Cottam told the court that police had received information that a delivery of drugs was to made from England, and Watson was found with boxes of cannabis.
Watson said that when drug squad detectives moved in on her and her co-accused at Townhill Country Park, in Dunfermline, she was “shocked”.
She told a court: “I said, ‘There’s no drugs in the back of the car. Check.’
“‘At the time I believed it was money.’”
Watson claimed that she believed she was moving a large amount of money from illegal activity.
She said she was to be paid £500 for the delivery. She would also get petrol money.
Watson said she was a social worker in Lancashire at the time she acted as a drugs courier in May last year, but she had since lost her job.
She said “a mutual friend” had contacted her and asked her if she could move some money for Mohammed Nurien, who she had met the previous month at a bar in Manchester.
She said she had met up with Nurien at a new housing estate with an Audi car parked outside the apartment block. He had retrieved boxes from the building and put them into her car.
Watson told the court that she had been put in “a difficult situation financially”.
She was asked why she had agreed to carry out the delivery and replied: “Because I was stupid.”
Nurien, of Hillbrae Road, Manchester, was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of cannabis resin between May 20 and 27 last year by a jury at the end of a trial yesterday.
Fish and chip shop owner Sean Murphy, 42, of Littlehorn Foot, Crombie, Fife, also earlier admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
A co-accused, electrician Craig Maxwell, 29, of Arthur Street, Dunfermline, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of the Class B drug amphetamine.
The judge remanded all four in custody and called for background reports ahead of sentencing later this month.
Lady Stacey said that she must consider jail sentences given the value and amount of drugs involved in the case.
Source: Lancashire Evening Post