A couple from Wales will have to spend two years behind bars after being charged with selling cocaine to raise money to bankroll expensive holidays and purchase designer fashion.
Katie Barrington, 29, and Trenae Greenland, 30, were arrested after they were seen parking outside a block of flats.
The two were in a Volkswagen Golf car, and by chance, the police noticed a man going into the car before he left. Police officers were suspicious of this behavior and thought a drug deal was happening.
According to Nigel Fryer, the prosecutor, a lot of cash was also recovered by the police officers from the couple's vehicle. The two were also found with three bags containing white powder, a Nokia phone they were trying to hide, and an iPhone.
The couple has been together for five years, and they were making £60,000 every year from their regular jobs. Then they started to deal drugs in the evenings and on weekends.
After analyzing one of the phones, the police determined that the couple made "upwards of £100 a day" during the weekdays and £200 a day on weekends by dealing cocaine.
Once the police searched their residence, they found more cash and designer clothes of high value. The prosecutor also claimed that the couple had talked extensively about future holidays and accused them of being motivated by greed.
Greenland's lawyer, Kevin Seal, said that the two were in the "ravages of addiction" and had to sell the drugs to pay off their debt to dealers.
Barrington was being defended by Nicholas Gedge. Gedge argued that Barrington was an intelligent young lady and that her family spoke highly of her.
He also said that she had struggled for a long time with cocaine, which had made her get into debt. Therefore, she thought dealing drugs was the only way out of her predicament.
In court, both Greenland and Barrington said that they were in possession of cocaine with the intention to supply. They also admitted to being concerned about the supply of cocaine and possessing criminal property.
The judge said the two had great jobs and a secure future but had thrown that away over "shared greed." The judge pointed out that if they had not been caught, they would have kept dealing drugs and putting more people in debt.
Although the judge claimed that they had gotten into dealing drugs to get out of debt, they were putting other people in the same problem.
"You are two young ladies of good character. Two young ladies with a future which you have thrown away."
At the end of the case, the two were jailed for two years and eight months each. They will also have to repay the cash they made by dealing drugs and face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.