A mother enjoys a lavish lifestyle and buys designer clothes while running her boyfriend’s cocaine business – while he is in prison.
Jamey-Leigh Brook-Parkinson, 27, is in constant contact with his partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, who instructs him on how to operate a lucrative drug operation.
In the message, he told him how much money to pay into the bank account, where to take the deal and even how to build a new business when he was released, Manchester Crown Court heard.
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In one exchange of messages they spoke of ‘building our empire’, which he replied would ‘destroy it’.
Brook-Parkinson, from Swinton, also sent him a picture of a perfume bottle filled with cash, with the caption: “My little stash box”.
During the conspiracy, her mother Wendy Brook, 47, began distributing marijuana to a ‘circle of people’, and messages between mother and daughter indicated she was involved too.
Brook-Parkinson pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and Brook, also from Swinton, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
Today (12 July) Brook-Parkinson was jailed, but his mother left court by community order.
Couple founded cocaine business – while he was in prison
Prosecuting Henry Blackshaw told the court that Brook-Parkinson and the man were in a relationship and sent messages via text, Whatsapp and other apps back and forth while he was in custody starting 2019.
The investigation was launched after one of his ‘lieutenants’ was arrested for possession of class A drugs, the court heard.
As part of the investigation, it became clear to police that Brook-Parkinson was involved via telephone contact with initially transferring the money for him.
“Initial messages recovered regarding Jamey-Leigh Brook-Parkinson contact with kontak [him] relates to well-established drug operations, money transfers and messaging that causes damage to the property of those who owe money,” Blackshaw said.
“There are discussions about physical accumulation of cash as well as making bank payments.
“Also the huge expenditure of designer clothing and its delivery to custody for him and on his behalf – as well as designer clothing purchased for himself.”
The court heard that Brook-Parkinson assisted in relation to the supply of cocaine because he ‘had difficulty’ operating from custody.
“The two together started to set up separate cocaine supply businesses, with his instructions on how to set up a new cocaine supply plan,” prosecutors said.
“He instructing him on how to build a business and earn an income also coincided with his release from custody in August 2020.
“In messages they talk about payments and suggest paying money to people who obviously work for him.”
The court heard that in one message she sent a photo and said: “My little stash box”, relating to a gift box of Yves Saint Laurent perfume that she used as a container for the cash she had collected on her behalf.
Officers also found a detailed picture of a customer’s bank card making a payment for drugs as well as proof of money transfer through a bank account.
Prosecutors said his girlfriend “entrusted him with knowledge” of handling cash.
Throughout the conversation, there is evidence Brook-Parkinson bought him a £500 Valentino coach in his name, as well as references to ‘picking up the dough’ for him.
In one conversation, he asked: “Do you have a slug”, which means a strand of cocaine, and he replied by sending a photo of a line of white powder from his cell, the court heard
He proceeded to instruct Brook-Parkinson to move the cash and split it, he also asked him to take £600 from Bolton as well as make a delivery.
It said he suggested moving the conversation to Wickr, the encrypted messaging app, rather than talking via text.
He will be tried in January next year for drug offences.
“On June 9, 2020, he instructed him on how to proceed with cocaine dealings, and talked about setting up a new cocaine business,” Blackshaw said,
“He told him they would ‘build our empire’ and he said they would ‘destroy it’.
“He said he had been promoting the business on Snapchat and Instagram.”
Mother is involved in the drug business
The court was told that there were also discussions about how to secure cocaine after a supplier fell.
There was a further message between Brook-Parkinson and his mother, in which he told him to make sure he wrote down ‘what he had and what was left’.
Prosecutors said there was evidence of drugs being supplied in the content messages, including one that referred to customers coming in to ‘smoking’.
There was also discussion of her mother’s beauty business and her ‘partner putting money through it’, Crown suggested as a cover for money laundering.
Brook-Parkinson also sent a picture to a friend of the expensive outfit in the original bag on the bed, and when asked how much it cost, he said £3,380.
Following his arrest on June 16 last year, police found 14.37 grams of cocaine at 81% purity, as well as 27 resealable bags that all contained white powder, just under 9 grams.
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Both Brook-Parkinson and his mother are said to have had no prior convictions.
In mitigation for Brook-Parkinson, Richard Vardon told the court he was acting on his ‘order’ and under his ‘name’.
He suggested their relationship was ‘unequal’.
“She was a young woman with a small child, she was obviously very afraid of the consequences of her actions and foolishness,” he said.
Reducing for Brook, Rachel Shenton said her client involvement was limited to ‘low-level affairs’ for a small number of associates, who funded their own cannabis use.
Brook-Parkinson Sentence, Manchester Recorder, Judge Nicholas Dean QC, told him: “You wouldn’t be in trouble today, or before this court if it weren’t for your relationship with him.
“What you did, I believe, was you acted out of affection and loyalty to him, and he was a manipulative man.
“That being said, looking at the evidence on the message, it shows a young woman voluntarily committing a serious offense at a relatively high drug level.
“You managed his business on his orders on his behalf while he was serving his sentence in custody.
“You do it, not only because of your misguided and foolish love and loyalty to him, but also because you enjoy the advantages and disadvantages of the money you make from this business.
“You enjoy owning designer clothes and you enjoy the lifestyle you live.
“I don’t just accept the trope when you’re involved that you’re hurting your children, you’re caught up in events and not only don’t think about them and the potential effect on them of the behavior you’re involved in. .”
Brook-Parkinson, of Brightsmith Way, was jailed for three years.
Brook, from Malcolm Avenue, was sentenced to 12 months of community order, 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 100 hours of unpaid work.