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Authorities: Owner of tanning salon owner secretly operated cocaine operation out of business

January 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities: Owner of tanning salon owner secretly operated cocaine operation out of business

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A tattooed-covered tanning salon owner in the UK was living a double life as a drug kingpin, managing a vast cocaine operation from her salon.

Leanne Duffin attracted young people into addiction and then coerced them to become dealers to repay their debts.

The manipulating 31-year-old used the Cosmopolitan Tanning Salon in Leyland, England, as a front for the secret cocaine operation, according to The Sun.

Duffin had expensive cars and carried out the facade of being a successful entrepreneur but was working with her drug syndicate — and her 66-year-old father — to sell drugs on the streets of two nearby towns: Chorley and South Ribble.

The woman was sentenced to eight years behind bars this week for dealing Class A drugs.

She was busted by law enforcement after an extensive covert operation into her secret life.

Authorities said the gang had been active for years, led by Duffin, but they needed substantial evidence to put her away.

Police in the UK launched a covert operation to arrest Duffin and four others (Image: Facebook)

Mike Adamson, the chief inspector of Chorley and South Ribble police, said: “Her tanning salon was a front. She was living the life of a businesswoman but will be left with nothing.”

“A lot of people knew what was going on, she was driving around in expensive cars. She was also exploiting vulnerable people who were using drugs, allowing them to build debts and then forcing them to sell drugs to pay their debts off,” Adamson added.

Duffin’s father, 66-year-old Brian, was also sentenced to six years in prison.

Among the other members, Geraldine Robinson, 51, was sentenced to four years, Jordan Whittle, 19, to three years and eight months and Kevin Hewitt, 51, to 12 months in prison.

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