A woman working part time and her husband who was unemployed were able to amass so much wealth they were placed under the radar of the authorities in the United Kingdom.
According to a report by metro UK, Thomas and Coleen Campbell, both 35, lived an extravagant life, making as much as £100,000 from proceeds from sales of cocaine.
Thanks to the cash they benefited, they were able to:
Spent £10,000 on a single holiday to Cancun, travelling in premium seats and staying in a room with a hot tub at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel
- Chartered a motorboat Got a double-storey extension on their home, creating a bar and larger kitchen
- Drove a BMW X5 with a registration plate worth £16,500
- Had a 6.3 litre Mercedes AMG worth £42,000 on finance
- As well as the Mexico trip they took holidays in Gran Canaria, Bulgaria, and Sharm el-Sheikh
- Spent a small fortune on designer clothes and jewellery
Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw said they were ‘living well on the back of criminality’.
Thomas tried to cover his tracks by saying he was a self-employed fitness instructor, but it was too late and he was already linked to a network of drug dealers.
Mr Blackshaw said the money came from family connections and close associates but the exact source of the funding of their life was not known.
Another trial – that later collapsed – heard that Thomas’s brother Lee and cousin Stephen were convicted for supplying cocaine.
Their associate Kevin O’Brien was also convicted after he was caught with coke worth up to £1.3million.
Thomas was jailed for two years and Coleen was spared jail with a 16-month suspended prison sentence.
Detective Sergeant Dominic Campbell said:
‘We know how demoralising it is for the hard-working, law-abiding members of the public to see criminals in our communities showing off their ill-gotten gains that have been funded as a result of crime.
‘Work alongside the Crown Prosecution Service is underway to recover the Campbells’ assets that have been bought illegally.’