Lesbian couple who topped up £60,000-a-year earnings selling cocaine for luxury lifestyle jailed


Drug dealing gay couple who topped up their £60,000-a-year earnings from their day jobs by selling cocaine to pay for luxury holidays and designer clothes are jailed for more than four years

  • Katie Barrington, 29, and Trenae Greenland, 30, of Newport, Gwent, were jailed
  • Duo earned ‘£100 a day on a weekday and £200 on a weekend’ selling cocaine
  • Searches of Greenland’s address found cash and high value designer clothing
  • Newport Crown Court heard the five-year couple previously had a ‘sound future’
  • Judge DJ Hale told them: ‘You have thrown it all away through shared greed’

A ‘greedy’ couple already earning £60,000-a-year from their day jobs became evening and weekend cocaine dealers to pay for their glamorous lifestyle including luxury foreign holidays and designer clothes.

Katie Barrington, 29, and Trenae Greenland, 30, have each been jailed for two years and eight months.

Newport Crown Court heard the pair, of Newport, Gwent, had been in a five year relationship and had a ‘sound future’ together, before police caught them by chance.

Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said the duo earned ‘upwards of £100 a day on a weekday and £200 on a weekend’ by selling cocaine and would pick and choose when they worked.

Searches of Greenland’s (pictured) address found cash and high value designer clothing, said Mr Fryer

The 'greedy' couple (Barrington pictured) were already earning £60,000-a-year from their day jobs when they became evening and weekend cocaine dealers to pay for their glamorous lifestyle including luxury foreign holidays and designer clothes

The ‘greedy’ couple (Barrington pictured) were already earning £60,000-a-year from their day jobs when they became evening and weekend cocaine dealers to pay for their glamorous lifestyle including luxury foreign holidays and designer clothes

Katie Barrington, 29, of Newport, Gwent, has been jailed for two years and eight months

Trenae Greenland, 30, of Newport, Gwent, has been jailed for two years and eight months

Newport Crown Court heard the pair, of Newport, Gwent, had been in a five year relationship and had a ‘sound future’ together, before police caught them by chance

He said: ‘There were many conversations about future holidays, expensive holidays. Their motivation here was greed.’

Searches of Greenland’s address found cash and high value designer clothing, he added.

Mr Fryer went on to explain that they were spotted in a Volkswagen Golf parked outside a block of flats when a man came out to their car and then left again.

‘Officers quickly came to the view a drug deal was taking place,’ he said. ‘A large amount of cash was recovered.’

The court heard officers also found three bags of white powder, a Nokia mobile phone that the women had tried to conceal in the car, and an iPhone.

Mr Fryer said officers analysed the phone and found references to how much money the duo were making by drug dealing.

The pair admitted possession of cocaine with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cocaine, and possession of criminal property.

Kevin Seal, defending Greenland, said the women were in ‘the ravages of an addiction’ and sold drugs to pay off a debt to dealers.

Nicholas Gedge, for Barrington, said: ‘She is an intelligent young lady. Her family and friends speak very highly of her.

Judge DJ Hale described the women's (Barrington pictured) motivation as 'shared greed'

Judge DJ Hale described the women’s (Barrington pictured) motivation as ‘shared greed’

Alongside their two-years-and-eight-month prison sentence, the women (Greenland pictured) face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to repay their ill-gotten gains

Alongside their two-years-and-eight-month prison sentence, the women (Greenland pictured) face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to repay their ill-gotten gains

‘Her route into cocaine addiction is a very sensitive one. She struggled for a long time to deal with it. This sent her into drug debt. This is what she thought was a way out.’

Judge DJ Hale told them: ‘You were in a relationship for around five years. You both had good jobs. Your household income from those jobs together was over £60,000-a-year.

‘You had a sound future together, and you have thrown it all away through, in effect, shared greed.

‘If you hadn’t been caught by sheer chance, you would’ve carried on doing this. Putting more people in debt. You got into this because you were in debt, but you knew how this was putting customers in debt.

‘You are two young ladies of good character. Two young ladies with a future which you have thrown away.’

Alongside their two-years-and-eight-month prison sentence, the women face a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to repay their ill-gotten gains.

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