Cambridgeshire drug dealer who posed with wads of cash is jailed
Two drug dealers who led a lavish lifestyle of designer clothes, shoes, jewellery and flash cars have been sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.
Kyle Coppola, 27, of Church Close, Abington, attempted to run from police when he was first stopped in November 2020 while driving a Mercedes in Cambridge. He was caught and a mobile phone, £480 and cannabis from his pants were seized.
Police found more than £1,000 in cash in the car and another mobile phone linking him to drug dealing along with Harry Crosby, of Minerva Way, Cambridge.
Officers found expensive trainers and jewellery at Coppola’s home and an image on his phone of him posing with thousands of pounds in cash.
The next month - December 2020 - police searched 24-year-old Crosby’s home and seized mobile phones and cocaine.
The pair were stopped again in January 2021 in London, leading to further searches of their homes at which more than £2,000 in cash and expensive clothing were seized.
The following month Crosby was stopped again and cocaine was found in his bedroom along with further messages confirming that he was still dealing.
Coppola was sentenced on August 7 to three years and eight months in prison after previously pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs, possession of criminal property, escaping from lawful custody and failing to comply with a section 49 RIPA notice.
Crosby was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, after previously pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, possession of criminal property, two counts of possession of cocaine and failing to comply with a section 49 RIPA notice.
PC Alex Rendell, who investigated, said: “Coppola and Crosby were living a lifestyle their declared earnings suggested was not possible. That combined with the cash, drugs and messages discovered on mobile phones evidenced they were both dealing cocaine across Cambridge for a substantial period of time.
“Drug dealing is not a glamorous lifestyle and could land you a lengthy prison sentence.”