A TANNING boss who used her salon business to run a cocaine racket has been jailed for three years.
Leanne Duffin believed she was ‘untouchable’ while posing as a successful businesswoman, a court heard.
The 31-year-old used her Cosmopolitan Tanning Salon in Leyland, Lancashire, as a front for her underground business.
A court heard she lured young people into addiction and then forced them to become drug dealers to repay their debts.
The ringleader ‘drove around in expensive cars’ and ‘lived the life of a successful businesswoman’ funded by her secret operation.
Police said a gang, led by Duffin, had been active for a number of years but they needed strong evidence to put her away.
Following an extensive police operation Duffin and her accomplices are now behind bars.
Mike Adamson, chief inspector of Chorley and South Ribble police, said: ‘She was living the life of a successful businesswoman but she will be left with nothing.
‘A lot of people knew what was going on, she was driving around in very expensive cars.
‘She was also exploiting vulnerable young people who were using drugs, allowing them to build up debts and then forcing them to sell drugs to pay their debts off.’
Duffin’s father Brian, 66, from Wigan, was sentenced to six years.
Among the other gang members, Geraldine Robinson, 51, was sentenced to four years, Jordan Whittle, 19, to three years and eight months and Kevin Hewitt, 51, for 12 months behind bars.
The Duffins, Robinson and Whittle all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying Class A and B drugs.
Hewitt pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supplying Class B drugs.