Ex-girlfriend of notorious Manchester drug lord ordered to cough up £535,000 or face seven years in jail

By Dean Wilkins

The ex-girlfriend of one of Greater Manchester’s biggest drug lords has been told to pay up more than half a million pounds of ill-gotten gains, or face seven years behind bars.

Daniella Green, 36, of Marfield Avenue, Oldham, lived a life of luxury while notorious drug dealer boyfriend David Statham flooded the streets with narcotics.

He was jailed for importing £7.5million of cannabis, but escaped to the south of France before serving his time.

He was later caught and brought back to the UK where he pleaded guilty to a number of offences including drug importation from Spain to the UK – he died in a car crash in 2006.

While police investigated Statham’s offences, Green lived in his £1.2million mansion in Littleborough and had taken over the property.

She pleaded guilty to being concerned in an arrangement which she knew facilitated the retention of criminal property at Manchester Crown Court today and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

She has also been ordered to pay £535,000 within a twelve month period or face seven years in jail.

Detective Constable John Conroy said: “This has been a long, protracted criminal investigation by GMP’s Money Laundering Unit.

“Not only did Daniella Green have full knowledge of Statham’s criminality, and not only did it provide her with a lavish lifestyle, she acquired this property knowing that it represented criminal property and indeed took it after his death.

“It is undeniably in the public interest for us to investigate people like Daniella Green as without them organised crime would not be able to flourish.

“This house may be made up of bricks and mortar, but it was built on the foundations of criminality; I hope it reassures the public that it will now need to be sold, and the money raised will be reinvested into our communities.”

The same police investigation also uncovered evidence of criminality involving Green’s most recent partner, Scott Baker.

Baker, 39, of the Saddleworth Hotel, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

A director of the Saddleworth Hotel, Delph, Baker was found to have stolen £47,000 from the business and hidden it away in a safety deposit box.

A number of criminal charges against Daniella Green have been ordered to lie on file.

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