Police Find £12,000 Under Stairs At Drug Dealing Couple's Home
Police found £12,000 ($15,687) in cash stashed away under the stairs at a couple's home after they set up and ran a cocaine business.
Stephen Knight, 29, and Kara Pope, 30, ran a cocaine dealing operation from the home they shared with their child in Abertillery, South Wales.
When police raided the property, they also found a further £3,000 ($3,921) dotted around the house and £2,000-worth of cocaine.
A court was told the pair had been 'dealing in death'.
Prosecutor Paul Hewitt said: "Knight played the significant part and it was primarily his operation, but Pope was involved in a supporting role."
Appearing in Cardiff Crown Court over the crimes that took place between June and August, the couple both pleaded guilty to supply of cocaine and cannabis.
Knight also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.
Judge Recorder Greg Bull QC, said: "You were dealing in death.
"You were street dealers of drugs in your home town and you both played a part in a profitable business.
"The nature of your success was reflected in the fact that you had more than £15,000 in cash at your home.
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"Class A drugs kill and cocaine leads to other drugs.
"Knight, you knew what you were doing and it was highly successful and you dominated your girlfriend."
Knight was handed a two-years and four-months sentence. Pope was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
The couple will both face Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings next year.
Speaking after the sentencing, PC Lewis Iles said: "We welcome this sentence which we hope sends a message to those involved in this type of criminality that we will not tolerate the supply of drugs in our communities.
"The Blaenau Gwent neighbourhood enforcement team will continue to take action and bring offenders before the courts.
"I would urge anyone with any information about the supply of drugs to get in contact."
Earlier this year, a drug dealer in Kent was caught was caught flushing £8,000 ($10,458) worth of crack cocaine down the toilet.
Melvin Gambanga attempted to dump his stash of drugs as police broke down the door of his Gravesend flat, but officers found the plastic bag of drugs in the toilet.
Police also discovered a loaded pistol and ammunition hidden in a holdall with more bullets in a suit in the wardrobe, while heroin and crack cocaine - which had been assembled into ready-to-sell wraps - were found in his bedroom.
The 23-year-old unemployed warehouse worker was jailed for a total of eight years.
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