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Drug smuggling lawyer "made £50,000 plus"

14 March 2006

A Glasgow lawyer caught smuggling drugs into Barlinnie prison is alleged to have made more than £50,000 from the drug trade.

Angela Baillie, 32, was arrested following a tip-off from an inmate. At the High Court in Paisley last month, she admitted supplying heroin and diazepam with a street value of £1,558 at Barlinnie. She was caught after staff at the prison set up a sting operation in October 2005 to trap her and her client. She is due to be sentenced later this month.

The Crown Office has already served papers on the solicitor as part of the process of seizing her illegal profits. Defence advocate John Scullion told the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday that she had lodged answers to the Crown Office's claims.

Judge Lord Emslie allowed both sides more time to examine the figures for her income, assets and spending over the last six years. A further hearing has been fixed for late April.

Baillie has been suspended from her job at Richard Lobjoie and she has not applied for the renewal of her practising certificate, which expired last October.