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Accrington drugs wife given suspended sentence for using crime cash
THE wife of a convicted drugs dealer has been given a suspended jail term for converting criminal proceeds to fund a ‘luxury lifestyle’.
Sarah Day, 32, was found guilty of benefiting from £16,575 of criminal cash, which she used to buy items including designer clothing, handbags and shoes, after a five-day trial.
Her husband Martin Day was jailed for 16 years in 2010 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply amphetamine and conspiracy to supply cannabis.
He headed a highly organised and experienced gang of drug dealers, based in Accrington, who were involved in the importation of £28million of drugs.
In total, Day and 13 of his associates were jailed for more than 100 years.
The couple were arrested in January 2010 after a major investigation led by Lancashire Police’s serious and organised crime unit.
It was found that from December 2008 to January 2010, Sarah Day rented a five-bedroom detached bungalow in East Street, Hapton, costing £1,250 month, which she paid for in cash, despite not working for at least six years. One of the rooms had been converted into a fully equipped gym, with fitness machines and equipment totalling £17,000.
The Day’s also owned two properties abroad – a two-bedroomed house in a complex, and a three-bedroomed property in its own grounds, both in Gran Canaria.
Police also seized: A Burberry ladies trench-coat which would have retailed at £350; men’s Burberry T-shirts at around £50; two men’s Burberry coats at £395 each; two pairs of men’s Gucci shoes retailing at £240; Gucci flip flops, £200; a £220 pair of ladies Gucci shoes and two pairs of Gucci sunglasses at £160 A receipt was recovered from Louis Vuitton at Selfridges in Manchester, which showed four items bought for £1,500 in cash.
Sarah Day, who has also lived in Henry Street, Blackburn, was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended for 18 months, a 12-month supervision order and 120 hours of unpaid work.
Speaking after sentencing, Detective Insp Graham Gallagher, from Lancashire Police’s serious and organised crime unit said: “Sarah Day enjoyed a luxury lifestyle in the full knowledge that it was sustained through her husband Martin’s criminality.