A woman has been charged with conspiracy to murder after her husband, the “cocaine baron”, was found dead in their luxury home.
Colleen Campbell, 38, of Clayton, Greater Manchester, has been charged after her husband Thomas Campbell, 38, was found dead at a house in Riverside, Mossley, on July 3.
She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court today.
Stephen Raymond Cleworth, 37, of Charles Street, Heywood, has previously appeared before judges charged with conspiracy to murder between July 2nd and 3rd.
Colleen Campbell (pictured with husband Thomas), 38, of Clayton, Greater Manchester, has been charged after her husband Thomas Campbell, 38, was found dead at a house in Riverside, Mossley, on July 3
She has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Manchester Magistrates’ Court today. Pictured: Detectives at the scene after Thomas Campbell was found dead
Mr Campbell was found at the Riverside property around 10.30am on July 3 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The father-of-two led a jet-set lifestyle with £100,000 of dirty money from his family’s cocaine racket.
The unemployed Campbell was sentenced to two years in prison in 2019 for concealing criminal property after he and his wife Colleen, who worked part-time for budget department store chain Matalan, traveled to Cancun MexicoSharm El Sheikh, in EgyptGran Canaria, Mallorca and Bulgaria.
Colleen also claimed tax credits and child support.
He claimed to be a personal trainer but was pictured “with some weight” during his holidays.
Vacation snaps showed the couple enjoying a yacht excursion, frolicking in a swim-up bar and resting on a giant rattan bed, while his wife was seen cuddling a common marmoset.
The father-of-two (pictured on holiday with his wife) led a jet-set lifestyle with £100,000 of dirty money from his family’s cocaine racket
Thomas and Colleen spent £39,000 in cash booking extravagant all-inclusive trips to Cancun, Sharm el Sheik, Grand Canaria, Mallorca and Bulgaria
The couple, pictured on holiday, were found guilty of laundering drug money to fund his lavish lifestyle in 2019
They also had a two-story addition to add a bar and larger kitchen to their home; and spent thousands on designer clothes and jewelry.
Campbell is believed to have served half of his sentence before being released in 2020.
They enjoyed trips abroad costing thousands of pounds, despite claiming child and tax credits
When Campbell was investigated over his finances, police discovered that he and his wife were then traveling from Clayton, Manchester, in “premium seats” to Cancun, Mexico, for a 10-day family vacation with their children and im Five -star Hard Rock Hotel to stay.
Their accommodations included a jacuzzi, 24-hour room service and an Xbox games console.
During the holiday, which cost £10,000 and was paid for in cash, the family are also said to have chartered a motorboat. The couple have been accused of laundering drug money so they could keep up their lavish “high life”.
They also allegedly recruited family members to handle the dirty money.
Between 2012 and 2016, Ms. Campbell paid cash deposits for BMWs, Audis and Mercedes and continued to pay them in monthly installments until upgraded to a better model.
When police visited her home in 2015, the couple had a BMW and a £60,000 high-performance Mercedes with matching number plates on their drive.
Family connections contributed to how Thomas and Colleen lived, the court heard
In December 2013, the couple traveled to Mexico in “premium seats” for a 10-day family vacation with their children and stayed at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel
When police visited her home in 2015, the couple had a BMW and a £60,000 high-performance Mercedes with matching number plates on their drive
Using financing arrangements, Campbell bought a black 6.3-litre Mercedes AMG for £42,000, which also had a personalized number plate, while his wife bought a black BMW X5, also with a personalized number plate, which was bought for £16,500.
Campbell was linked to family members convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine.
His brother Lee Campbell and cousin Stephen Campbell were both convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine, while Mrs. Campbell’s brother Brian Bowden had also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.
The jury heard that Colleen and Thomas had family members convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine
The couple (pictured outside court) now face a crime proceeds hearing, which will determine how much money they must pay back
The duo have been described as “big fish in a medium-sized pond thriving on crime”.
Ms Campbell was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years.
Another relative signed planning permission for a £60,000 two-storey extension to their home, which the couple moved into once completed.
The property extension added space for the dining and kitchen area and an additional bedroom on the second floor.
The property has been renovated to include flat screen TVs, a garden gym, personal bar, TV bed and mosaic floors.
Campbell was also found to be in possession of a “Probe 700 FX” which is being used to determine if the owner is being monitored, with prosecutors claiming he used the device to test if he was being questioned .
Prosecutors said the couple “live well on the back of crime”.