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Topshop worker built cocaine empire with lover to buy designer clothes

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Emma Lavery and Adam Hussein supplied drugs to supplement their lavish lifestyle of designer clothes, luxury holidays and ‘his and hers’ BMWs (Picture: Cavendish Press)

A couple built a cocaine crime empire to supplement their lavish lifestyle of designer clothes, luxury holidays and ‘his and hers’ BMWs.

Emma Lavery and lover Adam Hussain, both 24, only had a combined income of £7,000 a year from her sales assistant job at Topshop, according to pay records.

Yet police arrested the couple twice and raided two of their properties in Bolton to find £115,000 in cash spread over their bed and bundled into £1,000 wads.

Officers also seized a stash of designer gear including a Rose Gold Rolex watch valued at £28,850, a £1,600 Gucci handbag, a pair of Gucci Tiger pumps worth £405, Valentino camo flip flops worth £570 and a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes worth £645.

The pair – who are no longer together – admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property at Bolton Crown Court.

Hussain, who also admitted possessing drugs with intent to supply was jailed for six years, while Lavery was given 16 months in jail suspended for two years as she looks after their eight-month-old daughter.

The court heard police first raided the couple’s £150,000 flat, in a converted mill in Heaton, in May 2019 while Lavery was at home.

Police found a machete and a freezer bag containing 11 small bags containing cocaine and ecstasy.

The pair – who are no longer together – admitted conspiring to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property (Picture: Cavendish Press)

Prosecutor Gavin Howie said: ‘In the master bedroom officers seized a rose gold Rolex watch valued at £28,850 and a quantity of cash together with an Apple iPhone and case within which was a Nuffield health card in the name of Emma Lavery. Four pairs of designer trainers were also found.

‘The money seized was counted and totalled £4,218.75, whilst other designer goods valued at £13,938 were recovered from the flat, making a total of £55,001.25 of property and cash.

‘A criminal property schedule includes high value designer goods purchased with cash.’

Police also found a scrapbook documenting a number of trips abroad including a 2016 visit to Barcelona described as ‘first holiday’ then Rome, Amsterdam and Mexico in August 2017, as well as London in 2018. Lavery also had private healthcare.

But HMRC records for Lavery revealed a total gross income of £29,973 between 2015 and 2019 for her job at Topshop, and no record of employment or benefits for Hussain between 2016 and 2020.

The court was told Hussain would run a team of street dealers, while Lavery would bag up up the drugs for him as dealers sent him text messages saying: ‘Don’t forget bags, have you got bags, I need bags.’

HMRC records for Lavery, 24, revealed a total gross income of just £29,973 between 2015 and 2019 for her job as a sales assistant at Topshop (Picture: Cavendish Press)
The court heard Hussain, also 24, was the ‘leader’ and ran a team of street dealers (Picture: Cavendish Press)

Mr Howie added: ‘Hussain can be said to have played a leading role. He is clearly directing and organising the selling of cocaine on a commercial scale and has accumulated substantial financial gain as evidenced by the amount of cash seized and the extravagant lifestyle enjoyed by him and Lavery on little or no income.

‘She appears to have performed a lesser role, albeit that any suggestion of a lack of awareness or understanding is rejected.’

The court heard Lavery had also been the victim of a bungled kidnapping after their arrest – but she declined to help police catch her abductors.

The couple were released pending further investigation – but police raided their new flat at a luxury development in Bolton on July 25 last year.

Mr Howie said: ‘Hussain was found near to the bedroom door and Lavery was inside the bedroom. It was clear that she was heavily pregnant.

Huge wads of cash worth thousands were discovered in their properties (Picture: Cavendish Press)
The couple also had ‘his and hers’ BMWs (Picture: Cavendish Press)

‘A decision was made not to arrest Lavery owing to her condition but she was refused access to her phone.

‘Officers discovered a large amount of cash spread out on the bed and the drawers, whilst the balcony area was searched and cash was discovered in three different bags and in bundles held by elastic bands similar to those recovered from the bedroom, which appeared to be divided into bundles of £1,000 each.

‘One of the inner bags appeared to have the word “profit” written on it. The search also revealed numerous items of high value which included clothing, mobile phones and accessories for both occupants and their unborn child.’

Two ‘his and hers’ BMW cars were also search where large wads of cash, various drugs and the Gucci handbag were found.

In total, the cash seized by officers in the second bust amounted to £115,730.

In mitigation for Lavery, Richard Orme said his client had ‘prospects’ after completing a four’year university degree.

‘She has found herself in court as a result of Mr Husain’s stupidity,’ he said.

‘There was a report made that she was kidnapped and you cannot blame a lady of her circumstances not wanting to make a statement to police concerning the sorts of individual who were prepared to take her away and cause her some injury.’

Speaking for Hussain, Bunty Batra said his client had a ‘fixation’ with cars and he began drug dealing to pay off £25,000 in debt after he wrote off a friend’s Audi A3 when he was not insured to drive it.

Sentencing, judge Stan Reiz QC told the pair: ‘You both benefitted from the supply of cocaine and spent the proceeds on extravagant goods and had a number of holidays that you no doubt enjoyed.’

Lavery was also ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work, and is now subject to a four-month curfew from 8pm to 7am.

The pair will face a Proceeds of Crime hearing later.

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