Stoke-on-Trent couple jailed for drug trafficking
A married couple who ran an international drug trafficking operation from their home in Stoke-on-Trent have been jailed.
Damon Bolderson and wife Paula funded "a lavish lifestyle" by importing and selling class B and C drugs to Europe and the US, police said.
The couple pleaded guilty to 11 counts of possession with intent to supply at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
Damon, 42, was jailed for eight years and Paula, 38, for four years.
Police said Damon started a fake website for a pharmaceutical firm as a cover for the operation which was based at the couple's home in Branston Avenue in Weston Coyney.
The UK Border Agency seized a number of packages between October 2010 and March 2011 addressed to the couple's house.'Seemingly normal'
They contained £55,000 worth of Lignocaine and Benzocaine, which are both used as cutting agents in the supply of cocaine, the force said.
Their house was searched by Staffordshire Police in April 2011.
Police said a quantity of cocaine and more cutting agents, which had been imported from China, Hong Kong and Pakistan was found.
It said emails were also found detailing the couple's supply of drugs to the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
The force said the couple spent "thousands of pounds" on holidays abroad, a hot tub, designer clothing and a holiday caravan in Wales.
Det Sgt Dave Hughes, said the Boldersons were a "seemingly normal Stoke-on-Trent couple".
"Behind the façade of their unassuming three bedroom semi-detached in Weston Coyney they were in fact running an international drug trafficking business which was making them thousands," he said.
"There is no doubt that disruption of this activity will have a knock on effect on cocaine dealers' business, as they simply cannot operate without this cutting agent."