Gang ‘lieutenant’ who smuggled drugs from Spain jailed again after blowing €650,000 on luxury gear

Elliot Hartwell is now back in jail.

A BRITISH drugs cartel bigwig convicted for bringing cocaine into the UK from Spain has been jailed for a second time, just months after being released on parole.

Elliot Hartwell was sentenced to 10 years in 2010 for his involvement in the Stockport-based smuggling ring, in which apparently legitimate shipments of air-conditioning units were shipped from Spain to Leeds, before being transported to a house in Hazel Grove, Stockport, to be cut and packaged.

Hartwell, 33, was initially handed a sentence of 14 years and eight months in 2010 before being released on parole in December 2015, but must now spend a further 14 months in prison having admitted to three counts of money laundering.

The former high-ranking gang member apparently blew hundreds of thousands of euros on luxury items, all of which were acquired with the proceeds from his criminal activities.

These included two houses worth a combined €500,000, cars with a value of €131,000, and a lavish collection of designer watches valued at €23,500.

Detective Sergeant Colin Shackleton of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Crime Division said: “Hartwell officially declared a modest income, yet he was able to extravagantly spend tens of thousands of pounds on expensive watches and houses, funding this from his criminal activities.

“Hartwell’s spending spree has now come to an end and he is behind bars where I hope he reflects on his crimes.”

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