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‘Gangster grandma’ stashed cocaine on kitchen hob and sold drugs to pay off debts

A retired traffic cop who bragged about being a “gangster granny” on Facebook has been hiding a secret double life as a drug dealer.

Maureen Thompson, 61, hid drugs in her kitchen and kept a list of users who owed money after agreeing to work for her dealer to pay off her own debts.

The mother-of-one started using cocaine after she was forced to stop booking motorists due to an injury.

Police raided his flat in Scholes, near Wigan, Greater Manchester on February 12, 2020 following a tip-off.

Officers found a total of 47 cocaine wrappers – some hidden in a sock in a plastic box and also a white trash bag containing 383 grams of cutting agents used to bulk drugs.



Police found 47 envelopes of cocaine hidden in a sock at the 61-year-old’s home

Thompson’s cell phone was also examined and found to contain messages relating to the sale of drugs. The debtors’ “checklist” was found in a notebook, and she was also tasked with running a drug trafficking hotline. Experts valued the carriage at up to £1335.

Thompson initially denied being a drug dealer and claimed not to know where the drugs came from. But at the police station, it was discovered that she was wearing a matching sock that contained drugs.

In a later statement, she confessed: “I had a large debt to a drug dealer and I couldn’t pay those debts, so I agreed to let the dealer use my account to deposit and withdraw money. drug.

“My debt continued to bear interest and I agreed to store drugs and run a drug phone for him. I was a traffic officer for 28 years in Bolton and had a serious accident that forced me to retire.

“The painkillers I was taking made me lose control and I started using class A drugs.”



Pictured outside court is Maureen Thompson, a retired traffic cop who dubbed herself 'gangsta granny' on Facebook
Thompson avoided going to jail “by the skin of his teeth”

At Bolton Crown Court, Thompson admitted to possessing cocaine with the intent to supply and acquire criminal property and was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

She was also ordered to undergo a 12-month drug rehabilitation program, 30 days of rehabilitation and wear an electronic tag for four months under a curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

In mitigation, defense barrister Joshua Bowker said: “The background reports on Miss Thompson paint a very different picture of her. This was an offense committed after a long period of misfortune and misery, which resulted in a loss of control of his own life”.

He added that domestic violence from a former partner combined with the stress of losing her job led her to turn to alcohol and, later, cocaine.

“Her cocaine use is now on a much smaller scale,” he said, “but it still happens because she is a drug addict.

“Her intention will be to completely wean herself off this drug use. She has a low risk of recurrence.”

Sentencing Thompson, Judge Martin Walsh told him, “This court often brings before it people whose lives have been completely devastated and destroyed by their addiction to drugs.

“Communities are blighted by the activity of those who resort to crime to feed their habits and those who profit from the creation of such misery for personal financial gain can expect to receive significant prison sentences.

“But I take into account the basis of your plea and the reports about you. I’m pretty sure you’re in a position to issue a suspended sentence. But I want to make it absolutely clear – you escaped prison by the skin of your teeth.”

Thompson will face a proceeds of crime hearing later. She will have to undergo an examination in two months where the judge will check her progress.