Brother and sister who ran cocaine ring from luxury home weep as they’re jailed

A brother and sister who led a cocaine ring from their luxury homes in Northamptonshire tearfully held hands as they were sentenced on Friday to a total of twelve years behind bars.

The court heard how Louise Vanstone, 35 and her brother Dylan Vanstone, 27, lived a luxury lifestyle despite having virtually no legitimate source of income.

The Vanstones were jailed along with co-conspirators along with Sebastian Wala, 37, and Gareth Conybeare, 27, who were jailed for seven-and-a-half years and three-and-a-half years respectively.

All of the sentences were reduced by between 20 and 33%for the guilty pleas, and the four will have to serve at least half of their sentences before becoming eligible for release.

When Dylan's Mercedes was stopped in July last year, police found a baton, cannabis and more than £1,000 in cash.

Police also seized golf clubs, a baseball bat and a machete during a search of his home.

HMRC investigations showed although he'd paid less than £1,000 in tax over recent years, he was still able to afford a lavish lifestyle.

A further search of his home in on December 29, 2020, uncovered £9,990 in cash on his sofa, watches worth in excess of £75,000, designer jackets, jewellery and two bags containing 21.5g of cocaine and cannabis.

Action is being taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act that could see the defendants' property impounded by the court.

His sister Louise's home in Orchard Crescent, Kettering, was searched on the same day and police found 650g of cocaine of 85% purity along with £4,000 in cash in a safe and drug bags.

The court heard she acted as her brother's administrator, dealing his drugs, transferring cash and booking him a flight to Amsterdam.

Bank transfers showed her brother had given her £9,000, which she claimed was to help with expenses for her three children.

In Wala's home in Burton Latimer, Northants., police discovered 612g of amphetamine that someone had attempted to flush down the toilet, scales, vacuum seal bags, £2,600 in cash, a machete, a gas-powered pistol, flares, incapacitating spray, designer watches.

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A second search uncovered iPhones, numerous bank cards and a Brazilian bank statement. There were also syringes, drips and saline discovered.

Dylan Vanstone admitted conspiracy to supply class-A drugs, possession of an offensive weapon, two counts of possession of criminal property, possession of cannabis and driving with no insurance.

Passing sentence, Judge David Herbert QC told Dylan: "(The evidence) indicated you were living well in excess of your limited earnings.

"Phone evidence indicated you were engaging in significant drug dealing that led police to your sister's house.

"You had your own, successful business supplying class-A drugs. It was a significant business."

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