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Drugs greeting card dealer jailed
Perth Prison
The heroin was recovered by suspicious officers at Perth Prison
A woman who posted greetings cards filled with heroin to prison inmates has been jailed for six years.

Sheila Flynn, from Fife, sent cards and packages to a group of prisoners at Perth jail, 10 of which were found to contain the drug.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Flynn, 50, admitted supplying drugs to inmates over three months last year.

She was caught when her DNA was found on an envelope and electronic scales were discovered at her home in Tayport.

Flynn appeared in court with 55-year-old William Van Lierop, from Dundee.

Van Lierop, of the city's Mollinson Street, who was caught drug dealing while he was on licence for a similar offence, was jailed for seven years and two months.

Suspicious prison officers seized the packages, addressed to different prisoners, recovering heroin with a prison value of 2,760.

Surveillance operation

Detectives who raided Flynn's home found no drugs, but she admitted sending packages and cards into the jail intended for her partner Ian Lumsden, who was a prisoner in Perth at the time.

The court heard that Flynn, who had two previous convictions for heroin trafficking, supplied drugs to the Perth inmates between May and August last year.

Van Lierop admitted, while acting along with Flynn, being concerned in the supply of heroin in Tayside and Fife over the same period.

Judge Lord Hardie also ordered forefeiture of large amounts of cash found in possession of both accused when they were arrested.

In Van Lierop's case it was almost 37,000 and in Flynn's, 8,600.

Van Lierop was arrested in March this year after a surveillance operation during which he was seen driving Flynn's mother.


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