Gang paid £45,000 of drug money into town centre bank

Scarborough's Lloyds TSB where more than �45,000 of drug money was paid in.
Scarborough's Lloyds TSB where more than �45,000 of drug money was paid in.

More than £45,000 of drug money made in Scarborough was paid into a town centre bank, a court heard.

The money was made by a drugs gang from Manchester which sold drugs in Scarborough over 11 months from March 2010.

Helen Wheatley, prosecuting at York Crown Court, said Scarborough Police were aware of the gang selling drugs in the area, resulting in four arrests.

The investigation revealed sums of money had been placed by them on 46 occassions in two bank accounts, belonging to Stuart Stantley, 48, from Moston in Manchester, and his daughter.

Miss Wheatley said that within a short time of the monies being put in the accounts at Scarborough’s Lloyds TSB bank, it was withdrawn at a branch in Moston - on one occasion just a minute later.

The court heard that a total of £39,210 went through Stanley’s account, with £6,277 passing through his daughter’s.

Stanley, who has 40 convictions on his record, appeared for sentencing having admitted a charge of money laundering.

The prosecution told York Crown Court that the four people arrested for conspiracy to supply the drugs received sentences ranging from 12 month suspended prison terms up to five years in custody.

Stuart Stanley, who will now face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, was said to have not received any of the drugs money, but was instead paid with drugs and a reduction of his drug debts for allowing his account to be used. Recorder Paul Watson QC said he had no doubt Stanley became involved because of the pressure of his own drug debts.

Passing sentence Recorder Watson said he was satisfied Stantley’s role had been small compared to the others. Stanley was sentenced to nine months custody suspended for 12 months, with nine months supervision and a six month drug rehabilitation.