Drug dealer's Aston Martin sold at police auction for £58,000

Paula White was jailed for nine years for selling 'legal highs'


A female drug baron had her £58,000 Aston Martin auctioned for £58,000 as her life of luxury was torn apart after police smashed her multi-million pound network.

Paula White, 48, masterminded a mail order trade of 'legal highs' worth an estimated £3 million, before being jailed for nine years in 2015.

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The luxury motor she once drove went under the hammer at a police-approved auction house after being seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

White lived a life of luxury in a £1m mansion in Ellesmere Park, Monton, Salford , which boasted an outdoor swimming pool, lavish dog kennels and an orangery within the grounds. She even owned an opulent villa in Marbella, Spain.

But after White was brought to justice and sentenced, detectives launched action under the POCA to claw back her ill-gotten gains, reports the Manchester Evening News .

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Paula White's Aston Martin which was auctioned for £58,000 after being seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act

A Franck Muller watch fetched £8,000 at the auction, a Jaeger watch with a gold bracelet £5,500, a Jaeger watch with a black leather strap £2,100, and a key and heart necklace went for £350.

White was jailed alongside other ringleaders after a hearing at Bolton Crown Court in June 2015. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs on the basis that the business started legitimately but criminality began in January 2011.

The gang's operation sparked the largest ever UK police investigation into the mail order trade of substances which were then known as legal highs.

A website called Wide Mouth Frogs had more than 18,500 registered customers and offered drugs for sale, but claimed they were all legal products offering a range of 'enhanced stimulants'.

Drug dealer's Aston Martin sold at police auction

Paula White was jailed for nine years for masterminding a drugs ring

Officers swooped and made arrests after deliveries were traced to a mill in Farnworth, Bolton - known as 'Area 51' by employees after the US Air base at the centre of UFO theories in Nevada.
There police found 'kilos and kilos' of drugs. Tablets and powders were found to contain banned substances including the class B stimulant Mephedrone, also known as 'M-Cat' or 'Meow Meow'.

The Aston Martin's buyer hasn't been revealed.

Titan said the money raised from the sales would be used to fight crime across the region by being pumped back into forces.

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Paula White's luxury villa near Marbella, Spain

Detective Inspector Lynden James, from the regional economic crime unit at Titan, said: "The public do not like to see people involved in serious and organised crime benefitting from that criminal lifestyle by being able to afford all the nice things that the rest of us have to work hard and work legitimately to earn.

"Crime on such scale causes massive issues to wider society and innocent people's lives across the north west and our unit at Titan exists to put a stop to it by using all the technology, tactics and legislation at our disposal.

"POCA powers give us the ability to take things like TVs, computers, jewellery and high-end vehicles from suspects if we believe they have been funded by crime. We can quickly apply to the courts for a confiscation order and then sell those goods and that money will be re-invested back into crime fighting across the region by the government.

"It means criminals not only have the prospect of significant prison sentences but they also face coming out to nothing when they are eventually freed."

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