Katie Barrington and Trenae Greenland were jailed for topping up their $100,000 earnings from their day jobs by becoming evening and weekend cocaine dealers

The couple turned to selling cocaine to pay for luxury holidays and designer clothes.

A court heard the pair had been in a five-year relationship and were a “solid pair”, before they were caught by police.

Prosecutor Nigel Fryer said the pair earned “upwards of $150 a day on a weekday and $300 on a weekend” by selling cocaine and would pick and choose when they worked.

Mr. Fryer said: “There were many conversations about future holidays, expensive holidays. Their motivation here was greed.”

Mr. Fryer said searches of 30-year-old Greenland’s address found cash and high-value designer clothing.

He said they were spotted in a Volkswagen Golf parked outside a block of flats when a man came out to their car and then left again.

Mr. Fryer said: “Officers quickly came to the view a drug deal was taking place. A large amount of cash was recovered.”

Newport Crown Court heard officers also found three bags of white powder and a Nokia mobile phone that the women had tried to conceal in the car, as well as an iPhone.

Mr. Fryers said that officers analyzed the phone and found references to how much money they were making by drug dealing.

The pair, of Newport, Gwent, admitted possession of cocaine with intent to sell, being involved in the supply of cocaine, and possession of criminal property.

Kevin Seal, Defense Attorney for Greenland, said the pair were in the “middle of an addiction battle” and sold drugs to pay off a debt to dealers.

Nicholas Gedge, Attorney for 29-year-old Barrington, said: “She is an intelligent young lady. Her family and friends speak very highly of her. Her route into cocaine addiction is a very sensitive one. She struggled for a long time to deal with it. This sent her into drug debt. This is what she thought was a way out.”

Trenae Greenland Mugshot
Katie Barrington Mugshot

During the trial Judge DJ Hale stated: “You were in a relationship for around five years. You both had good jobs. You had a sound future together, and you have thrown it all away through, in effect, shared greed. If you hadn’t been caught by sheer chance, you would’ve carried on doing this. Putting more people in debt. You got into this because you were in debt, but you knew how this was putting customers in debt.”

“You were two young ladies with a bright future, which you have now thrown away.”

They each were sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

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