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Drug dealer Danielle Stafford was caught by police after running a cannabis and cocaine operation to fund her luxurious lifestyle. Her phone rang 30 times while being questioned for speeding, leading to her arrest.
The police discovered illicit substances worth £33,600 and $26,917 in cash at her home. After accumulating sufficient funds to buy a second home without utilizing her lawful income, she was given a punishment of seven and a half years in prison.
During the trial, the defendant denied that most of the luxury items found in her possession were either fake or gifted by family. However, evidence proved that the suspect was a significant drug dealer for over two years and sold both cannabis and cocaine.
She claimed she was not involved in street-level cocaine and heroin sales, but the judge rejected her assertion and declared her a street-level cocaine dealer. The judge urged her to demonstrate her potential after serving her sentence.
During the sentencing, Stafford remained expressionless while being escorted out of the dock. However, she did exchange a few words with her supporters in the public gallery.
In her defense, her lawyer argued that Stafford was only involved in street dealing of cannabis and had little involvement in Class A dealing through someone from Liverpool. The evidence presented of her involvement in Class A dealing was minimal, and she had little control over those higher up in the drug chain.
Stafford denied owning designer items and claimed that the expensive watches and other items found in her possession were either counterfeit or gifts from family members on holiday. She also stated that her family preferred to keep large sums of cash at home rather than in the bank and that she was trusted with the money due to her responsible nature.