A TANNING shop boss who lived a luxury double life after raking in £370,000 as an “untouchable” coke kingpin has been ordered to pay back just £6,000.
Leanne Duffin lured young people into addiction and then forced them to become drug dealers to repay their debts.
Facebook Leanne Duffin led a double life using her tanning shop as a mask for her illicit coke business
The 31-year-old ringleader “drove around in expensive cars” and “lived the life of a successful businesswoman” funded by her secret operation.
She and her drug syndicate flooded the streets of Chorley, South Ribble and Preston with cocaine and cannabis.
Cosmopolitan Suntan Salon, which Duffin ran in Leyland, Lancs., was used as an elaborate mask of respectability for the illicit dealings.
Duffin was jailed for eight years in January this year along with several of her accomplices after being snared by police following an extensive covert operation into her hidden life.
Facebook The 31-year-old ringleader flooded the streets of Preston, South Ribble and Chorley with cocaine
Facebook Duffin drove a fast car as she siphoned off £370k from her dodgy dealings
Facebook The kingpin’s lair…Duffin’s tanning shop masked a den on money laundering
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing was told that Duffin raked in £370,120 from her crimes but she only had assets available for the authorities to seize worth £6,309.26.
Previously her father, Brian Duffin, 66, who is serving a six year jail term, was found to have benefitted to the tune of £390,763.89 from his crimes.
His only assets available for the authorities to seize were worth £12,284.66.
At the time of the Duffins’ sentencing, the court ruled the exploitation of vulnerable young people pressurised into dealing the drugs was an aggravating feature of the case.
Facebook The brazen criminal was jailed in January for eight years
Facebook Duffin led the life of a successful businessman as she lured young people into addiction and forced them to become drug dealers
SWNS:South West News Service The 31-year-old was snared by police following an extensive covert operation into her hidden life
A covert operation was launched in 2016 in the area where Duffin had been supplying drugs, and members of her gang were finally arrested in May last year.
Among the other gang members, Geraldine Robinson, 51, was sentenced to four years, Jordan Whittle, 19, to three years and eight months and Kevin Hewitt, 51, for 12 months behind bars.