May 25 2013 Latest news:
Monday, March 4, 2013
A Norwich man who was involved in peddling Class A drugs and then laundered the thousands of pounds in cash he made, has been jailed for seven years.
Father of four Jade Xavier, 28, was found to have crack cocaine when police raided his address and police also discovered that he had laundered £13,950 which Norwich Crown Court heard was the proceeds of his drug dealing operation.
His half brother Jordan Henry, 27, who shared the address at Lefroy Road, with Xavier, was also convicted of laundering £19,582, which the court heard he had channelled through three bank accounts over a five year period from May 2006 to April 2011.
Henry was jailed for two and half years and Judge Mark Lucraft told him that at the time the cash had gone through his bank accounts he was in receipt of state benefits and had no other income.
Although at his trial Henry claimed the cash had mainly come from car dealing Judge Lucraft said that in his view the cash was a “product of drug dealing”.
Xavier was convicted of money laundering and also possession of Class A with intent to supply, possession of criminal property and obstructing a constable.
He also admitted a charge of aggravated vehicle taking in which he crashed a VW hire car into the wall of a bridge at Hall Road, Lakenham, causing £16,000 worth of damage and also driving while banned and without insurance, and he was given a three year driving ban.
Judge Lucraft told Xavier that the cash he laundered was clearly obtained through drug dealing.
“There were also text messages offering to sell Class A drugs.”
Judge Lucraft told him: “These are serious offences.”
As Xavier was led from the dock he shouted that he was planning to appeal and shouted: “No way am I doing seven years.”
John Farmer, for Xavier, said that any time away from his family would be difficult for him.
He said it was “street dealing” and said it was the first time he had been convicted of possession with intent to supply.
Michael Clare, for Henry, said: “He was not dealing Class A drugs.”
He said that Henry was not a person capable of “high level criminal sophistication”, and said he had a genuine interest in the car trade and was planning to train as a mechanic.