Bo’ness drugs counsellor turned dealer is jailed

Falkirk Sheriff Court
Falkirk Sheriff Court

A former manager of an addicts’ support service who was jailed for 18 months for supplying drugs intends to appeal.

Jacqueline Johnston (52) appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday after being found guilty on indictment for being concerned in the supply of class B amphetamine and a class C substance.

It followed a swoop on her Bo’ness home on December 6, 2012, when £3600 worth of drugs were recovered.

Johnston had previously held a senior position with Signpost Recovery, a Forth Valley service for those coping with substance abuse.

This week, Police Scotland welcomed the sentence.

Inspector Christopher Stewart said: “This was a significant recovery in the Central Scotland area and we welcome the sentencing of Jacqueline Johnston.

“Tackling serious and organised crime is a top priority for Police Scotland.

“We will not tolerate this type of criminality and will continue to pursue those involved with all the resources at our disposal.”

Johnston’s conviction followed a three-week trial where she denied the charges against her.

She was found guilty of being concerned in the supply of amphetamine on December 6, 2012, and, between May 28 and December 6, 2012, of being concerned in the supply of class C phenazepam at 32 Baptie Place, Bo’ness.

Murray Aitken, defending, said: “The impact of this conviction is significant for her. She has had quite a spectacular fall from grace.

“She is well known in Bo’ness and her standing in that community has been ruined.”

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan said: “You have been convicted on indictment of two serious charges. Only a custodial sentence is appropriate.”

As Johnston, 44 Jessfield Place, Bo’ness, was sentenced, there was loud gasps and crying from the public gallery.

Johnston’s solicitors this week confirmed she intended to appeal her conviction.