Glasgow & West Scotland

Mechanic jailed over £1.2m drug haul

A mechanic who was caught with amphetamine worth £1.2m in the boot of his car has been jailed for four years.

Christopher Torrance, 35, from Hamilton, was stopped by police on the M74 near Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, last August.

The class B drugs were found in a cardboard box in his silver Honda.

Torrance was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow after admitting being concerned in the supply of amphetamine.

Louise Arrol, defending, said Torrance was "highly respected" in his job.

'Catastrophic decision'

"He was asked to uplift items which turned out to be illegal substances," she told the court.

"He is, by definition, a courier. He was not aware of the value of the drugs.

"The item was put in the boot and Mr Torrance drove away."

Passing sentence, Lord Burns said: "For someone who had a job and carried it out with some skill, it is puzzling that you would look to make financial gain out of this illegal enterprise.

"It is disappointing that you should make such a catastrophic decision."