Drug smuggling gran given seven years

A Glenrothes grandmother has started her seven year sentence for drug trafficking in the same notorious prison that houses killer, Rosemary West, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Catherine Gibson was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at HMP Bronzefield womens prison in Ashford, Surrey, for drug trafficking offences.

Gibson, of Queen Margaret Drive, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court in West Sussex of attempting to smuggle approximately a kilo of cocaine into the UK via London City Airport.

UK Border Agency officials discovered the drugs after she arrived on a flight from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

The 57-year-old had previously flown to Amsterdam from Argentina before trying to enter the UK with the drugs wrapped in packages and concealed in a suitcase.

Gibson had originally been remanded in custody at Crawley Magistrates Court having been charged with attempting to import a class A substance.

Initial reports suggested the cocaine to be worth around £40,000, but police revised the valuation to that of a ‘confiscated street value’ of £145,000.

The seizure has since been destroyed.

Gibson was well known in Glenrothes community for her involvement in organising the annual Auchmuty Childrens Gala.

She was sentenced to seven years imprisonment by Judge Niblet at a trial on August, 12 and was subsequently sent to HMP Bronzefield, to start her sentence.

Peter Avery, from the UK Border Agency’s criminal and financial investigation unit, said: “As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

“We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many.”

A neighbour who didn’t want to be identified told the Gazette of the ‘shock’ within the community when the events came to light.

They added: “It’s unbelievable really, that someone you live close to could be involved in something like this.

“It’s like something from a TV programme. You don’t expected it on your own door step.”

“If do that sort of thing then you deserve to get that sort of sentence.”

Another neighbour told the Gazette: “She has been part of the children’s gala for years, and then she’s found guilty of this.”