Drug dealers Gucci and Prada confiscated by police, judge judge
A cocaine smuggler who bought designer clothes with drug money will have to give up the fashionable hype.
Police seized thousands of pounds of luxury goods labeled Marcel Cross. The 29-year-old’s collection included Prada sneakers, Louis Vuitton clothes and Gucci and Dreyfuss watches.
Recorder John Hardy QC ruled that designer goods were to be confiscated and could be retained by police under the rules of the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Cross’ attorneys had agreed to the surrender on the understanding that prosecutors would not pursue separate charges of converting criminal property — or money laundering — in connection with the designer products.
Co-defendant Jonathan Walker, 30, agreed £800 found on him when he was arrested in July 2019 could be kept by police.
Oxford Crown Court heard the pair were involved in drug trafficking in the Bicester area between November 2018 and July the following year.
Messages found on Walker’s iPhone linked him to supplying relatively large amounts of Class A cocaine.
They included a request from a buyer: “You give me a Q [quarter ounce] [for £]370? Otherwise I’ll take a B [1/8th of an ounce] and T [1/16th].”
Other customers asked for a “half scoop” – slang for 1/16th of an ounce or 1.75g - and a “scoop”.
The 40g of cocaine found by police and linked to the two men was estimated to be £4,400 on the street, the court heard.
Cross, of Leach Road, Bicester, and Walker, of The Square, Aston, were due to stand trial on Monday but pleaded guilty before the jury was sworn in to a single charge of being involved in the supply of Class A drugs.
The judge was informed that Walker had no previous convictions. Cross was jailed in 2014 for possession of a stun gun, but has only gotten in trouble once – for drunk driving – since that three-year prison sentence.
Imposing a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, Recorder Hardy said it would benefit both the defendants and the community.
“I direct that if there is a violation in this matter and I sit or am available to sit, that your violation proceedings be reserved for me,” he said.
“That means, gentlemen, that you are coming back to this court. You will also have me next time and I will remember you.
As part of their sentence, each man must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 in prosecution costs.
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