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Amy Willard from Totton sentenced for cocaine supply offences

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A DRUG-DEALING couple who funded a "lavish lifestyle" by distributing cocaine have been sentenced.

Amy Willard (28), of Shakespeare Drive in Totton, and Amran Ahmed (31), of St Denys Road, Southampton, were found with £14,000 of designer gear including Monclear jackets, Louboutin shoes, Louis Vuitton belts and bags, gold jewellery and a Rolex watch.

Amran Ahmed was given a five-year prison sentence
Amran Ahmed was given a five-year prison sentence

This was paid for by a cocaine dealing operation run by the pair, Southampton Crown Court heard. Both defendants pleaded guilty to supplying a class A drug.

Their offending came to light in July 2020 when police searched a hire car parked on Ahmed's drive and found a bag of cocaine valued at around £3,000.

The defendants' phones were seized and searches were carried out at both their properties, during which the haul of designer items was discovered.

Examination of the seized phones uncovered numerous messages detailing a cocaine dealing operation in which Ahmed was referred to as "Blanco the barber", and police say he requested customer reviews of the drugs he was selling "like Trip Advisor (sic)".

Neither defendant had declared incomes to HMRC, despite their bank accounts showing large transactions – £68,492 was paid to Ahmed between January 2019 and August 2020, and Willard transferred £41,649 between September 2019 and November 2020.

PC Chael Essery, who led the investigation by Hampshire Constabulary, said: "Ahmed and Willard lived a lavish lifestyle funded by the proceeds of dealing cocaine, but they now face a much less luxurious future as a consequence of their crimes.

"There is a grim reality lurking beneath this flashy exterior: a world of organised crime, serious violence, exploitation of vulnerable adults whose homes are taken over by drug gangs and young children who are forced to run these drugs.

"We hope this sentence shows our commitment to rooting out offenders and making sure they face justice, disrupting the supply of drugs which cause serious harm to our communities and making Southampton a safer place to live."

Ahmed was given a five-year prison sentence, and Willard was given a two-year jail term suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.

Those with information about potential drug supply in their neighbourhoods should contact police by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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