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Woman’s benefited from involvement with drugs gang

ACCORDING to evidence presented in court, a woman from New Broughton profited more than £3,000 from her affiliation with a group of drug dealers.

Following Operation Blue Kyanite, a police investigation into the distribution of class A narcotics in Wrexham and the greater North Wales region, a multi-defendant sentencing hearing was place at Mold Crown Court earlier this year.

One of those defendants, Julie Prile, 45, of Coed Efa near New Broughton, received a five-year prison sentence.

It was stated at the sentencing hearing that she frequently travelled from Wrexham to Liverpool and was in constant contact with the primary conspirators.

On Friday, she returned to Mold Crown Court via video link from Stafford’s HMP Drake Hall for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

The advantage received by the defendant from her illegal participation in the conspiracy, according to the prosecutor Ember-Jade Wong, was £3,480.93.

Judge Rhys Rowlands certified the amount but only issued a notional confiscation order of £1 because none of that money was eligible for confiscation.

Additionally, he mandated that the forfeiture and destruction of phones taken by the police during the investigation.

Debra White, who represented her at the sentence hearing in May, said: “It is right to say she performed a limited function under direction.

“She was directed to go to various places by those much higher up the chain than her.”