Group accused of running drug-money laundering gang across Northamptonshire appear in court

A total of 11 people appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday charged with a mix of money laundering and drug production offences. The conspiracy has links to Billing Aquadrome.

A total of 11 people appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday charged with a mix of money laundering and drug production offences. The conspiracy has links to Billing Aquadrome.

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A group of people accused of running a drug-money laundering operation in Northamptonshire have appeared in front of a judge.

Eleven of the 13 defendants alleged to have taken part in the Northamptonshire-wide conspiracy appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday.

Of those to appear in the dock Shaun Davis, 42, of Crow Lane, Billing Aquadrome, stood accused of conspiracy to produce cannabis in Northamptonshire alongside Jason Hobbs, 45, of Glassbrook Road, Rushden; Neil Brookes, 38, of Wilfred Avenue, Northampton; Robert Allen, 24, and Jordan Davis, 22, of Hove Road, Rushden.

The Crown Prosecution Service alleges money made from the drug enterprise was laundered through the purchase of several items registered under the names of others.

Davis is accused of buying a £20,000 ‘Plaza Grande’ caravan at Billing Aquadrome as well as a number of vehicles, namely a Kawasaki motorbike, an Audi RS6, a Lexus and a Range Rover with money made from the sale of drugs.

Also appearing yesterday were Joanna Potter, 30, of Newcomen Road, Wellingborough; Stewart Shanks, 50, of Mill Lane, Cogenhoe; Daniel Baker, 43, of Russel Way, Higham Ferrers; Scott Beavers, 30, of Grangeway, Rushden and Denise and Nigel Wadforth, 56 and 55, both of Hayway, Rushden, who stood accused of conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property under the Criminal Law Act.

Potter and Beavers also faced charges of acquiring, using or having possession of criminal property.

None of those in the dock entered pleas yesterday and the case was adjourned for a plea and case management hearing at Northampton Crown Court on October 16.