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Boastful holiday snaps that snared Matalan worker and husband who splashed £100k on lavish 5* holidays and fancy cars using cocaine cash

COKE AND SWAGGER

THESE are the boastful holiday snaps that helped snare a Matalan worker and her husband after they splurged £100,000 of drug money on lavish holidays.

Colleen and Thomas Campbell blew the ill-gotten gains on five-star resorts and flash motors after raking in a small fortune from a money laundering scheme.

The couple were caught out after posting bragging holiday snaps - including pictures from a £10,000 luxury trip to Cancun.

Colleen, 33, was working part-time for budget department chain store Matalan and receiving working tax credits while husband Thomas, also 33, was claimed to have been a personal trainer.

But the photos, which also included a yacht trip, showed Thomas "carrying a bit of weight".

He has now been caged for two years while Coleen was handed a 16 month suspended jail sentence after both admitted concealing criminal property.

Manchester Crown Court heard the couple benefited from a family-run cocaine trafficking racket to the tune of £100,000.

Prosecutors will now try to claw back some of the cash through a Proceeds of Crime investigation.

The drug money was spent on "premium seats" to Cancun in Mexico for a 10-day family holiday with their children at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel.

Their luxury accommodation included a Jacuzzi, 24-hour room service and an Xbox - with the couple chartering a motorboat during their £10,000 stay.

They also splurged on trips to Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt, Gran Canaria, Majorca and Bulgaria.

As well as five-star holidays, they forked out £60,000 on an extension, which included installing flat screen TV’s, a gym area in the garden, a personal bar, TV bed and mosaic floors.

The couple also paid cash deposits on BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes, using monthly instalments to continue to pay them until upgrading to a better model.

Thomas splashed out on a black 6.3 litre Mercedes AMG for £42,000, which also had a personalised number plate, while his wife bought a £16,500 black BMW X5, also with a personalised number plate.

When cops raided their home in 2015, the couple had the two cars worth £60,000 on their drive with the matching number plates.

Thomas tried worming his way out of the accusations by claiming he was a fitness instructor but police had already linked him to a network of drug dealers involved in the supply of cocaine.

Prosecuting, Henry Blackshaw said the married couple, of Clayton, east Manchester, had been laundering drug money so they could sustain their "high life".

Mr Blackshaw told Manchester Crown Court: "This couple are a big fish in a medium pond living well off the back of criminality. They are charged with being involved in criminal property, using the cash and being able to spend it in legitimate ways.

"Together the family connections contributed to the way that Thomas and Colleen were living."

During a Crown Court trial, which later collapsed, jurors were told Thomas' brother Lee and his cousin Stephen have both been convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Associate Kieran O’Brien was also convicted of possession with intent to supply after being caught with cocaine worth between £600,000 and £1.3million.

Detective Sergeant Dominic Campbell from Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Crime and Public Protection Division said: "We know how demoralising it is for the hard-working, law-abiding members of the public to see criminals in our communities showing off their ill-gotten gains that have been funded as a result of crime."

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