Liverpool news Women tied up in some of Merseyside's most notorious drug empires MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - From laundering criminal cash to flooding the streets with drugs they were all brought to justice before the courts
Breaking News ! Women who propped up some of Merseyside's biggest drug empires have been brought to justice before the courts. This list includes mums, girlfriends and associates who played their part in major drug trafficking operations - from laundering criminal cash to helping flood the streets with drugs. Many of them spent years living the high life, with five star holidays and lavish shopping sprees, before it all came crashing down around them. While many of them were jailed for their actions, others were handed a suspended sentence or a community order. Here are some of the cases that have been brought before our courts in recent years. Find out more about crime in your area using our dedicated tool: Courtney Randles Courtney Randles who has been jailed for three years and four months for laundering drug money. Courtney Randles was jailed for laundering criminal cash from her murdering drug dealer boyfriend. Randles was “living in style” in a luxury apartment with boyfriend Christopher Kenny, who was handed a life sentence for the brutal stabbing of Anthony Duffy in Aintree in May 2014. In July 2015, Liverpool Crown Court heard how council worker Randles earned £18,000 a year but enjoyed expensive holidays abroad, flying first or business class to go on “lavish shopping sprees”. She posed for selfies on transatlantic flights and took pictures of bags bursting with designer items from Juicy Couture in New York. Courtney Randles has been jailed for three years and four months for laundering drug money, Here are some designer bags Henry Riding, prosecuting, said: “When police searched their apartment, accounts and tick lists showed a running balance of approximately £475,000 on a day-to-day basis. “Some £61,970 in cash was hidden in a cavity behind a mirror in their bathroom.” Text messages revealed Randles attempted to launder hundreds of thousands of pounds for Kenny in 2013. Courtney Randles who has been jailed for three years and four months for laundering drug money. Here is Courtney in business class onboard a plane Randles of Nickleby Close, Toxteth, initially claimed she did not know where Kenny’s money was from, but later admitted she knew it was drug money. She pleaded guilty to money laundering, disclosing personal data without consent and possession of the Class C designer drug TFMPP. Randles was jailed for three years and four months. Cody McNulty Cody McNulty, 23, jailed for drug offences Cody McNulty was part of a gang that trafficked drugs between Merseyside and Cumbria. The 23-year-old, of Clifford Street in Birkenhead, helped move the drugs in a County Lines operation. County Lines gangs refer to the growing trend of big city gangs selling drugs in smaller towns and rural areas and often exploit the young and vulnerable. McNulty was sentenced at Preston Crown Court in June this year, after a trial in which she was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. Sentencing McNulty, Judge Beverley Lunt said: “You accept that you were present on some of these trips. But the evidence makes it clear that you were in the car with two of the main dealers involved in controlled drugs. “The only possible common sense explanation is grim." At an earlier trial McNulty was found not guilty of two counts of arranging travel of another person with a view to exploitation. She was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison. Hayley Murphy Hayley Murphy lived a life of luxury funded by drugs money from her heroin and cocaine dealer boyfriend. Liverpool Crown Court heard how Murphy enjoyed five-star holidays in sun-kissed resorts like Cancun in Mexico, Montego Bay in Jamaica, Mauritius and America, together with boyfriend and senior drug gang member, Gary Jones. Murphy, then 32, of East Quay, just outside the city centre, lived in a “well-appointed” flat, and regularly splurged cash on designer clothes and shoes. She assumed the role of money launderer for a Class A drugs gang, who were jailed for a total of 109 years in December 2017. Boyfriend Gary Jones was sentenced to 15 years in prison for conspiring to supply Class A drugs.
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They took in earnings from a sunbed studio and other ventures, but Murphy claimed she had no knowledge of the large amounts of cash being transferred to her account from her boyfriend’s illegal activities. Deposits totalling £49,000 were moved into Murphy's account, mostly from Liverpool, but other amounts were sent to her from locations in both Edinburgh and Leith in Scotland. Murphy was handed a 15 month sentence suspended for two years and 160 days of unpaid work. Victoria Galloway
Victoria Galloway was jailed for 12 years
Victoria Galloway was part of a Widnes-based gang behind drive-by shootings in Speke, Whiston and Huyton. Galloway, then 32, and her boyfriend Smith, of Brookdale Road, Widnes, were both jailed in June 2016, leaving their four-year-old daughter without both of her parents. When police seized a device from Galloway, they found videos of the masked gang’s reckless behaviour on scrambler bikes. During a trial in April 2016, she told the jury she felt “sick” when her legal team showed her photos of Smith with a gun resting on his boxer shorts.
A revolver resting in the lap of Scott Smith, 27, of Brookdale Road, Widnes who was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years for gun and drug conspiracies
When interviewed by police, Galloway said she “did not go round playing gangsters”. However, prosecutors said she lied for her partner, claiming he had injured himself by falling off a dog cage, and “was not blind to what was going on”. She was found guilty of a gun conspiracy and cocaine plot. Smith was jailed for life with a minimum of 12 years, while Galloway was handed 12 years in prison. Vanessa Stansfield
Vanessa Stansfield ( pic from Facebook)
Mum Vanessa Stansfield hired powerful cars for a county lines drug gang who were involved in a turf war with criminals from Liverpool. The eight-strong gang, armed with a machete, sword and scaffolding pole, burst into a house in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, and savagely attacked two drug addicts inside the property. The two addicts caught in the house suffered serious injuries in the attack. Vanessa Stansfield, 28, became involved in the operation through her boyfriend, who drove drugs north of the border. She appeared before Manchester Crown Court for sentencing in May this year. Henry Blackshaw, prosecuting, said Stansfield hired a BMW and an Audi in her name, which were used by the drugs gang. In a 'basis of plea' document, Stansfield said that the cars were not hired solely for the use of drug dealers.
Vanessa Stansfield (Image: MEN Media)
She also travelled to Scotland in May 2017 with her boyfriend and stayed in a Glasgow hotel, when police pounced and seized about £5,000-worth of heroin and crack cocaine. Her DNA was found on the sock in which the drugs were stored. The sock was discarded during a chase with police. Stansfield, who lives off Dowson Road, Hyde, pleaded guilty to assisting another to commit an offence, namely the supply of class A drugs. Describing Stansfield as a 'capable and caring mother', Judge Richard Mansell QC said: "I am not going to sentence you to imprisonment given your limited involvement and lack of previous convictions." She was sentenced to an 18 month community order, including 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
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