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Woman given 240 hours’ community service after bringing £150k of drugs to Highlands as part of gang


By Louise Glen

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Danielle Finlay.
Danielle Finlay.

A WOMAN who admitted bringing more than £150,000 worth of illegal drugs to the Highlands has been ordered to serve 240 hours of community service.

Danielle Finlay (31) from Hamilton, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh.

She was part of a major drugs gang intent on flooding the Highlands with more than £600,000 worth of drugs, including heroin.

Finlay was order to complete a community pay back order of 240 hours within 12 months, and she was given a supervision order for three years.

The High Court in Glasgow previously heard that Finlay had drug problems and became involved in a bid to pay off her drug debts.

She was arrested in Drumnadrochit on January 16, 2019, after police found Class A drugs in her vehicle.

At a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on October 7, 2019, defence counsel Mark Moir, representing Finlay said: “Her involvement in this was acting as a courier on a single day.

“She accrued a significant drug debt and had agreed to act as a courier to help pay that off.”

At that hearing, Lord Boyd of Duncansby sentenced six other gang members to imprisonment after they all pleaded guilty to charges relating to drug offences.

All Glasgow based, gang leaders Kieran Adams (28) and Stephen Kelly (31) were sentenced to seven years and six months; Donald Dunbar (61), Kenneth Mackenzie (25) and Sean Gordon (28) were sentenced to three years while Karen Reynolds (51) was sentenced to 12 months.

A review hearing for Finlay was set for December 17, 2020 at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Related article: Tip-offs to police helped thwart gang which planned to flood Inverness with drugs


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