A beauty salon boss let her fiance use her business premises as a drugs HQ so he could sell cocaine to his friends.
Bride-to-be Tiffany Anderson, 28, even done the books for Rhys Mason so he could a tab on his ill-gotten gains while he stored the drugs in the safe at her tanning studio.
The couple, who have two children together, swapped texts about deals amongst their social circle over a four month period with Mason, also 28, telling Anderson about drugs drops and saying: “Check money had gone in, tell me who has not paid.”
It emerged Mason had been selling 1g wraps to his friends for £40 each.
They were arrested after police raided their family home in Royton, near Oldham, Greater Manchester, before searching Anderson’s ”Tiffany Tanning Salon” premises.
The bust occurred at 5.30am on November 25, 2019, after officers acted on a tip off.
Officers found a Gucci handbag stuffed with cash, snap bags, weighing scales and list of people who owed money for drugs.
A snap bag was also recovered from the glove compartment of their 61 plate Range Rover.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester Anderson wept as she admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
She was given 15 months jail suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 180 hours unpaid work after insisting she played a lesser role in the racket.
Mason was jailed for 27 months after he admitted possession of Class A drugs with intent.
Prosecutor Gavin Howie said: ”A connection was made between Mr Mason and an Audi and a search commenced of the property where both defendants were present.
”Officers found a tube of white powder in the kitchen cupboard and a snap bag, scales, an A4 sized debtors list and a Gucci bag with cash were all recovered. A snap bag was also recovered from the glove compartment of the defendants’ 61 plate Range Rover.
“Items were also found in the safe of Anderson’s Tanning Salon. Both answered no comment in interview but their phones and drugs were examined and there were messages found relating to the supply of drugs.
“These were admittedly modest amounts. 5.93g of cocaine at 82% purity was found, as well as 4mg of cannabis, snap bags and seven wraps. The defendant was selling 1g wraps for £40.
“From the phone data, there was discussion about the drops on the phone.
“There was discussion between the two saying ‘check money had gone in, tell me who has not paid.
”Anderson played a bookkeeping type of role and played a lesser role. There is no suggestion this is a huge drug empire. It is street dealing.
“The prosecution is not sure exactly how much cash was made.”
In mitigation for Anderson, defence counsel Miss Betsy Hindle said: “She has been in a relationship with the Mr Mason since she was 16 years old. It started immediately after the death of her father.
“She had very limited involvement and the greater effects are going to be on their children who would have to go to her mother’s address if she went to prison.
“It would not be ideal and inevitably, it would have a massive effect on the children who are aged seven and eight. One has behavioural problems regularly and he is taking assessments and tests.
“If she is not to return home today, it is not known how the boy will react with regards to the progress he has already made.’
Miss Hindle added: ”She is on strong antidepressants, and she has lost a substantial amount of weight – almost 5 stone because of the stress of this. She has not been able to sleep and has got anxiety.
“She was fearful of how Rhys would react if she went against him. She lost her father through a cocaine overdose and she thought history was going to repeat itself. She felt she had no control on the situation.
“She still has access to the Tanning Salon and is planning to open on Monday when the restrictions have been eased. She has been educating herself further and has taken several online courses for tanning.
”If she was to go into custody, she would lose the salon and there would be no one else to run it in her absence. This is something which she begged him to stop, but he was wrapped up in the drug himself. He was unable to listen to her.”
For Mason, defence counsel Benjamin Knight said: “This man has placed his partner and two children in a very awkward position. But it was a modest drug dealing operation. He has not sourced new clients – rather he was dealing to his cocaine taking friends. It was a small group.
”This has caused extreme damage on his mother and the rest of his family. He was shielding Miss Anderson from what he was up to by using the safe at the salon. His only concern has been the welfare of his two children and he knows he has jeopardised that with the position that Miss Anderson is now in. He wants the children to be with the primary carer.”
Sentencing Judge John Edwards told the couple: ”Mr Mason, you found yourself immersed in a trade which causes misery and death. It is clear you found yourself in a quagmire of drink and cocaine but you dragged Miss Anderson down the same hole.
“I am sceptical about whether she knew what was going on here, but I am prepared to give her the benefit of the doubt. Miss Anderson, you played a lesser role but it was not an insignificant one and it was described, as a book-keeping role.
“You are an intelligent woman but you behaves naively and with stupidity. You could have took action and you could have said no.
“You should know personally the damage that this drug can cause. I am not going to imprison you today but it was very, very close. Stick to your tanning studio and stay out of trouble.”