Drug smuggling social worker jailed for four years

The judge said Kirsty Watson had “ruined her career” by agreeing to transport a large amount of cannabis.

A social worker caught driving from Lancashire to Scotland with a large amount of cannabis resin in her car boot has been jailed for four years.

Kirsty Watson, 24, who formerly worked with children and young people at Lancashire council, was stopped by police in Fife with 100kg of cannabis resin packed in boxes in the back of her vehicle.

She admitted being involved in the supply of what police estimated was £500,000 worth of the Class B drug at the High Court in Edinburgh earlier this year.

According to local reports, sentencing judge Lady Stacey this week said it was a “pity” that someone with Watson’s background had turned to crime.

She said: “You have ruined your career. You will never be able to work as a social worker again.”

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