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Aberdeen mother Jacqueline Howie jailed for M-cat discovery near Bathgate

A mother whose son died of an overdose has been jailed for being involved in drug dealing.

Jacqueline Howie, 51, of Aberdeen, was stopped on the M8 near Bathgate, West Lothian, in January.

Two packages containing 2.2kg of mephedrone - known as M-cat - were discovered in the boot.

Howie was jailed for four years at the High Court in Glasgow. The court heard she turned to crime to help pay off a debt another son owed a violent dealer.

After her car was stopped, Howie's home in Bucksburn was then searched, where a variety of powders used to bulk out drugs were discovered.

The mephedrone seized had a potential street value of £47,100.

Howie admitted being concerned in the supply of mephedrone, a class B drug.

'Very fragile'

Howie's defence counsel Kevin McCallum said Howie's "rationale" for turning to crime was what was happening to her younger child.

He went on: "Having lost one son to drugs, she was not prepared to lose another.

"A lady who has suffered the death of one child might take decisions that she thought were justified reasons.

"But, we are not dealing with someone who makes the best decisions. She has really not coped over the years with events in her life.

"We are dealing with a very fragile and very vulnerable individual."

Lord Pentland said a prison sentence had to be imposed.

The judge said: "You of all people know the misery and destruction that drugs can cause."

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