Drug dealer busted after girlfriend gave away extravagant lifestyle on Instagram
If you're going to embark on a criminal lifestyle full of sketchy behavior and illegal activity, there's pretty much only one rule you have to follow: don't get caught.
As it turns out, though, some people can't even manage that.
Emily Lock, a 22-year-old woman from Caerphilly in Wales, recently got herself busted after traveling the world and living the life of a Kardashian... all while she was supposedly only earning £10,000 ($14,200) a year.
Lock first entered into the life of crime when she settled down with her boyfriend, 27-year-old Mark Price. And, for a more than a year, it all seemed to be going swimmingly.
He took her on holiday to the United Arab Emirates, Spain, France and the Netherlands; he bought her all kinds of luxuries from designer brands such as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, and Louis Vuitton; and - perhaps most appealing of all - he whisked her away from her mundane life as a shop assistant.
Unfortunately, it all came crashing down when some people noticed that Lock's social media posts appeared to show her spending just a tad more than her means.
After doing a little digging into Lock's and Price's personal lives, the police put two and two together and figured that the couple had been raking in a ton of cash via illegal means. In fact, after raiding Price's home in September last year, officers found a bag containing 110g of cocaine, and messages on his phone which suggested that the man had been making around £1,600 ($2,270) per week by dealing drugs.
A further search of Lock's home turned up approximately £50,000 ($71,000) in goods that had been purchased using criminally-acquired money - but the 22-year-old claimed she had no idea that her boyfriend was a criminal. When questioned by the police on the matter, she even tried to convince them that she thought he was a builder.
That being said, she did eventually admit to having spent the money, and pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property.
Ironically, Lock's lawyer said that his defendant was actually in the second year of a criminology degree at the time the crimes took place, and that she had hoped to work for the Probation Service after graduation.
PC Michael Coles, the officer in charge of the case, said:
"I hope the sentences issued to these individuals highlight that the supply of controlled drugs will not be tolerated in Caerphilly. These people endanger our community and this lengthy investigation shows we are committed to using all powers and resources available to bring them before the courts.
"I hope this sends a message to those who continue to be involved in the supply of controlled drugs, that you will not just be prosecuted, we will also use our powers to seize any financial assets you have acquired through criminality."
Three other people were also arrested and charged in connection with the crime, but Lock got off with the lightest charge because she could not be directly linked to the possession or supplying of class A drugs. She was sentenced to 15 months in prison, while Price received seven years behind bars.