A Forest Town couple enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle paid for with money made from drug dealing.
The aptly named Speeds, of Admiral’s Court, were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court last Friday (3rd May).
Daniel Speed (36) pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession with intent to supply amphetamines, otherwise known as ‘speed’.
He was sent to jail for two-and-a-half years.
His wife Abigail (27) was also dealt with under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and as a result she received a community order requiring her to undertake 180 hours of unpaid work until 2 May 2014.
The pair were arrested following a police raid at their then home in Garwick Close, Mansfield, on 13th October 2011.
Officers seized around a kilogram of amphetamines from bags, and tubs found in the kitchen and a Mercedes car parked on the driveway. This was estimated to equate to 1,000 individual deals with a combined street value of £3,550.
Scales featuring traces of the same drug, as well as £1,991 cash, was also seized.
Further enquiries into the couple’s lifestyle found unaccounted cash deposits over a five-year period into Abigail’s bank account. They totalled £78,284, despite Daniel being unemployed since 2008 and Abigail receiving benefits to supplement her earnings as a chip shop assistant.
As a result, property worth £16,509 was seized from the address, including televisions, a stereo and speakers, a laptop, mobile phones, iPods, satellite navigation units, a camera, clothing and other electrical items.
The couple’s Mitsubishi, Mercedes and Renault Clio cars were also seized.
PC Mick Colley, who led the case, said: “Unlike the rest of us, the Speeds felt entitled to the good life irrespective of whether they earned an honest living to get it.
“Daniel sold illegal drugs so he and his wife could enjoy holidays, have all the mod cons and drive nice cars.
“Daniel was not only polluting our community with illicit substances, Abigail was draining money from law-abiding taxpayers by continuing to claim benefits.
“This is what happens when you bite the hand that feeds you. He will now have to get used to a much more modest life in jail and she will have to go without the luxuries in life for a change.
“We can all now rest safer in the knowledge that thousands of dangerous drugs have been taken off Nottinghamshire’s streets and nightlife and the subsequent crime fuelled by drug addiction reduced.”
If you suspect someone of being involved in drugs report it to Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously to ‘Rat on a Rat’ on 0800 555 111.