Group of 11 deny being part of drug-money laundering gang in Northamptonshire

Birmingham Crown Court
Birmingham Crown Court

A group of 11 people have denied being part of a money laundering operation that allegedly involved the purchase of caravans at a Northampton holiday park.

Three women and eight men, all from Northamptonshire, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday for a plea and case management hearing.

It is alleged money made from cannabis dealing was used to buy a number of items, including a ‘Grand Plaza’ caravan at Billing Aquadrome.

Kerri-anne Ackerman, 30, of Barker Close, Rushden; Joanna Potter, 30, of Newcomen Road, Wellingborough; Stewart Shanks, 50, of Mill Lane, Cogenhoe; Daniel Baker, 43, of Russel Way, Higham Ferrers; Scott Beavers, 30, of Grangeway, Rushden and Denise and Nigel Wadforth, 56 and 55, both of Hayway, Rushden; Robert Allen, 24, and Jordan Davis, 22, of Hove Road, Rushden, all entered not guilty pleas to a charge of conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer or remove criminal property under the Criminal Law Act.

Davis is also denied a charge of concealing criminal property namely a Kawasaki motorbike, and Beavers entered a not guilty plea to similar charge involving a Range Rover.

Jason Hobbs, 45, of Glassbrook Road, Rushden; Neil Brookes, 38, of Wilfred Avenue, Northampton, and Allen all pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to produce cannabis at an address in Rushden.

The case was adjourned until December when a further plea and case management hearing will be held.