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Family of four from Dagenham sentenced for drug offences and money laundering

PUBLISHED: 08:26 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:11 14 February 2018

Tre Smith, Levi Smith, Lea Jackson and Sean Jackson were all sentenced. Picture: Met Police.

Tre Smith, Levi Smith, Lea Jackson and Sean Jackson were all sentenced. Picture: Met Police.

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A mother, her two sons and her husband have been sentenced for drug and money laundering offences.

A mother, her two sons and her husband have been sentenced for drug and money laundering offences.

Officers from the National Crime Agency at Heathrow airport intercepted two packages in December 2015 and April 2016 containing herbal cannabis, destined for the family’s address in Lansbury Avenue, Dagenham.

They appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, where they had already pleaded guilty.

Sean Jackson, 51, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and money laundering.

Levi Smith, 20, was sentenced to 16 months detention suspended for two years, along with 100 hours of unpaid word, for the same offences.

Tre Smith, 18, was handed a six month detention, suspended for two years, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Lea Jackson, 47, mother of Levi and Tre and wife to Sean, was given six months imprisonment suspended for two years, for conspiracy to conceal, disguise, convert and transfer, or money laundering.

The court heard how the packages had been passed from the NCA to the East Area Command Unit.

On May 6, 2016, officers from the Whalebone neighbourhood policing team executed a warrant at the family’s address.

Officers discovered a large amount of Class A and B drugs, as well as drug-related paraphernalia inside the home.

All four family members were arrested but later released under investigation. They were charged in April 2017.

During the investigation, it was found that £133,620.84 had been sent in more than 80 transactions to the US using the MoneyGram payment platform. It is suspected the cash was used to buy drugs from criminal organisations which were then sent to the family.

Officers informed the Drug Enforcement Agency in the US and made them aware of the addresses which had received the money.

DC Billy Baxter, of command unit leading the investigation, said: “It is rare to see several members of the same family sentenced for serious drug offences; a crime which blights communities across London.”

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