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'fearless' Court hears how gangster's girlfriend lived lavish lifestyle while he trafficked drugs

The court heard how her designer clothes, expensive jewellery, high-powered cars and cosmetic surgeries were funded by his 'sophisticated' drugs supply line.

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Jodie Bowie

Jodie Bowie

Jodie Bowie

Facebook pictures posted by the girlfriend of a British drug trafficker shows how she lived a lavish lifestyle while he sold cannabis and amphetamines.

On Tuesday Manchester Crown Court heard how Jodie Bowie had a “fearless” spending habit which bankrolled by boyfriend Jonathan Walsh’s criminal assets.

33-year-old Walsh headed up an illegal drug network which trafficked amphetamine and cannabis from Manchester to the East Midlands.

While serving a 14-year sentence behind bars, he met Bowie on Facebook, and upon his release from prison, moved into her home in Failsworth.

The court heard how her designer clothes, expensive jewellery, high-powered cars and cosmetic surgeries were funded by his “sophisticated” drugs supply line.

Describing their lives once the pair moved in together, prosecutor Tom Challinor said: “Over a very short period of time Walsh began to accrue possessions of a lavish lifestyle, including Rolex watches, designer clothing, and driving expensive cars at £1,300 a month.”

“They decked out their house in lavish decor which indicated that sort of lifestyle.”

“Jodie Bowie worked at the time but was not on the sort of income which could have supported that lifestyle,” he said.

“When it came to spending money, she was fearless.”

Over £10,000 cash was recovered, as well as clothing and assets with a retail value close to £100,000.

On another occasion, £27,000 worth of retail value was recovered and £5,410 in cash.

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Items seized included a green Moncler quilted coat worth £1,700, a Givenchy handbag and purse worth £2,000, Guiseppe Zanotti shoes worth £540, a pair of Balenciaga trainers worth £770 and Hunter wellington boots worth £150.

Her defence claimed at trial that she bought many of the designer items at “below the market value” before she even met Walsh.

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Jodie lived a luxurious lifestyle bankrolled by boyfriend Jonathan's criminal activity

Jodie lived a luxurious lifestyle bankrolled by boyfriend Jonathan's criminal activity

Jodie lived a luxurious lifestyle bankrolled by boyfriend Jonathan's criminal activity

On Tuesday, the court heard how after detectives locked up his associates Jodie recruited her family to collect and transport drugs and money for her boyfriend's criminal operation.

The court heard how between October 26 2018 and October 17 2019 Jonathan Walsh operated a sophisticated drugs line running class B drugs through the north west of England to the Mansfield area of Nottinghamshire.

Walsh was arrested in July 2019 and in October 2021 he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

It was upon the arrest of Walsh and his associates when Jodie recruited her family members to step in to help keep his drug business up and running.

“When Grey was arrested and his [Walsh] operation was affected, she knew she had to do something about it - and that something was to recruit her family, namely her mother, brother and dad who assisted in the operation,” the prosecution said.

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Jodie Bowie

Jodie Bowie

Jodie Bowie

The family were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday for conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, conspiracy to transfer criminal property and money laundering.

Jodie Bowie received 21 months imprisonment suspended for two years for her part in the drugs ring. She was also given a 7pm-5.30am curfew for three months and was ordered to complete 140 hours unpaid work.

Her father David Bowie received 10 months imprisonment and her mother Janice Bowie received 12 months imprisonment.

Both had their sentences suspended for 18 months and were ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay a total of £700 in costs.

Meanwhile, brother Lee Bowie is due to be sentenced at a later date.

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