Mum who made £ 145,000 from WhatsApp drugs operation was ordered to pay back less than £ 5,000
A mother who made over £ 145.00 selling drugs on WhatsApp in a commercial scale operation has been ordered to pay back less than £ 5,000.
Shalane Hodder, 36, was jailed for two years and six months after being found with more than 92,000 pills – worth up to £ 112,000 – at her home in Trinant, Caerphilly, and in a caravan in Blackwood.
The defendant received payments of £ 145,000 between January and September 2019 from a customer network of almost 10,500 people in more than 100 WhatsApp groups.
Hodder’s partner Laurie Parfitt, 31, and brother Rhys Dee, 28, were also involved in the business by allowing their bank accounts to be used for money laundering. Both were sentenced to a 12-month community ordinance.
Prosecutor Matthew Cobbe told a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday that Hodder had received £ 145,420.85 from the drug operation. But the court heard that the available figure the defendant would be able to repay was £ 4,937.62.
Recorder Bilal Siddique ordered that this sum be paid within three months or that Hodder serve three months in prison by default.
Speaking at the sentencing hearing on January 29, Clerk David Harris said: “It was a large-scale operation. I imagine it has grown and that in by the time you were arrested, it had become a substantial business transaction.
“You were using your home as a base to sell Class C drugs that you had imported from India to a large number of customers that you had contacted via WhatsApp. You probably profited greatly from this operation and the money you have. received amounted to £ 145,000. “
The drugs were primarily benzodiazepines and included pregabalin, etizolam, clonazepam, bromazepam, nitrazepam, zopiclone, alprazolam, lorazepam, EMB-FUBINACA, eutylone, codeine, tramadol, diazepam and flualprazolam.
The total number of tablets found amounted to 92,034 and it took six months for officers to identify the types of drugs involved and their respective amounts.
A key to a trailer was also seized and a trailer in Pen-y-Fan Park in Oakdale was searched where a large number of blue tablets were seized.
Hodder, of Philip Street, pleaded guilty to being concerned with fraudulent fraud on a ban on the importation of controlled drugs, the supply of controlled drugs, the supply of a psychoactive substance, and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.