Three ringleaders of a £1 million cocaine-dealing ring who sold drugs across London, using couriers disguised as black cab drivers learning “The Knowledge”, have been ordered to pay back only £36,000.
Jay Tripp, 35, his right-hand man Joseph Maloney, 34, and Danny Ward, 35, ran the network, which had hundreds of clients and promised to deliver drugs within the hour anywhere in the capital.
The Old Bailey heard they distributed more than 40 kilos of cocaine worth £1.4 million across London in the space of three weeks in February 2016.
They used modified mopeds fitted with “Knowledge Boards” to transport the drugs, so fake trainee cabbies could travel around unsuspected making the drug deliveries. National Crime Agency officers caught the gang with more than 10 kilos of drugs, 100 mobile phones and six mopeds in a lock-up garage.
They also uncovered a text message, sent to more than 400 potential clients, advertising that they could deliver “within 30 mins central London and within an hour anywhere else”.
In court last month, Judge Nicholas Cooke QC put confiscation orders on Tripp, Maloney and Ward, saying they had each benefited from more than £1 million in proceeds from the drugs enterprise.
However, Maloney was ordered to pay back just £26,346. Tripp must repay £4,430 and Ward was told to hand back £5,625. The money has to be paid within the next three months.
Twelve other members of the cocaine ring have already been jailed for a total of almost 70 years. Tripp, of Fyfield in Essex, who also admitted dealing heroin, was jailed for 16 and a half years in December 2016; Maloney, from Shoreditch, was jailed for 15 years; and Ward, from Beckenham, got eight years.
Daniel Harris, the boyfriend of The Only Way Is Essex star Cara Kilbey, was acquitted by a jury of helping to run the drugs operation. But he was given a two-year jail sentence for possession of criminal property, after admitting that he knew some of his friends were drug dealers.