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Gang caught with £500,000 of drugs in Dunfermline jailed

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption The court heard how Watson claimed to be "shocked" after the drugs were discovered in her car

A drugs gang have been jailed after being caught with more than £500,000 of drugs.

Police discovered the cannabis and amphetamine after a search at Townhill County Park, Dunfermline, last May.

The quartet included 24-year-old Kirsty Watson who was employed as a social worker at the time.

Watson who had earlier pled guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis was jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lady Stacey said it was a "pity" that someone with Watson's background had turned to crime.

The judge added: "You have ruined your career. You will never be able to work as a social worker again."

Fish and chip shop owner Sean Murphy, 42, of Crombie, Fife, was locked up for five years and five months after he also pled guilty to the same charge as Watson.

Craig Maxwell, 29, of Dunfermline, was sentenced to two years and five months following his guilty plea to supplying amphetamine.

Mohammed Nurien, 25, of Manchester, was jailed for five years after being convicted of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Under surveillance

Watson was caught after travelling from Preston, Lancashire to meet up with Murphy and Maxwell at Townhill Country Park.

Murphy was the target of police surveillance at the time.

A total of 400 bars of cannabis resin with a value of £500,000 were discovered in Watson's car.

Amphetamine with a value of around £40,000 was also found in Maxwell's van.

Watson claimed to be "shocked" at drugs being discovered and told the court she believed she had been moving a large amount of cash, from illegal activity on behalf of co-accused Nurien.

She recalled being in "a difficult situation financially" and met up with Nurien who had put boxes into her car.

Asked why she had agreed to carry out the delivery, she said: "I was stupid."

Watson, who was employed as a social worker in Lancashire, lost her job after this incident.

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