Luxury lifestyles of drug dealers

The �60,000 catamaran berthed at Hartlepool marina by Jonathan Chapman (top rightt). Below (right) John and Tanya Rayner
The �60,000 catamaran berthed at Hartlepool marina by Jonathan Chapman (top rightt). Below (right) John and Tanya Rayner

DRUG dealers behind a multi-million pound Hartlepool cocaine ring splashed out thousands on luxury lifestyles, police have revealed.

Jonathan Chapman, 28, of Caistor Drive, Hartlepool, bought a £60,000 catamaran boat he kept at Hartlepool marina, as well as a Porsche and three top-of-the-range motorbikes.

He is now serving seven and a half years in prison after admitting conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Thirteen criminals were jailed for more than 100 years last year for plotting to flood the North-East with more than £3.5m of cocaine.

But despite the huge profits, the gang was ordered to pay back around a tenth after a judge made confiscation orders last week.

Detectives who led the investigation have revealed what the gang spent their dirty money on.

Gang leaders John Rayner, 37, and wife Tanya Rayner, 31, of The Paddock, Elwick, drove a £15,000 Mercedes 220 and enjoyed a £6,000 holiday in Cancun, Mexico, where they also spent £13,000 on a time share property.

They were jailed for thirteen and a half years and 10 years respectively at Teesside Crown Court last year after they admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The couple also had £160,000 cash in their home and a £2,200 Breitling watch.

Some members of the gang were only ordered to pay back nominal £1 sums despite having benefited by hundreds of thousands.

But Detective Sergeant Sarah Robinson, of Cleveland Police’s Organised Crime Unit, said the debts will stay with them until they are paid off.

Det Sgt Robinson said: “The benefit figure stays with them for the rest of their lives, so if they come into money in the future it will be revisited and can be taken off them towards the benefit figure.”

She also urged anyone with suspicions over how their friends or neighbours are paying for their lifestyles to contact them or Crimestopers on 0800 555111.