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Drug dealers who spent £40,000 on wedding are jailed

By PA Reporter

A couple who were part of a family-run multi-million pound drugs ring blew £40,000 on their wedding while still claiming benefits.

Carl and Donna Honey-Jones were sentenced with four relatives for their part in flooding the streets of Swansea with cocaine.

Prosecutor Ian Wright QC said the pair lived a lavish lifestyle, jetting off to the Maldives and more.

They splashed the cash on their wedding too, tying the knot at a 14th century church before going to a reception via horse and cart.

And they drove around in a top-of-the-range Audi and BMW, both with private number plates, and lived in a four-bedroomed home.

But Swansea Crown Court heard the Honey-Jones's frivolous spending soon alerted the authorities.

Carl Honey-Jones (31), described by a judge as the "inept" head of the ring, even got his father-in-law Brian Harding (58) in on the act.

Also caught was Honey-Jones's cousin Matthew Jones (24), who was stopped while driving with thousands of pounds in the boot. And two of 32-year-old Mrs Honey-Jones's relatives inadvertently shopped themselves after calling the police after receiving threats.

A judge sentenced Carl Honey-Jones to nine years' jail and adjourned Donna Honey-Jones's sentencing. Matthew Jones was given eight years, and Brian Harding five-and-a-half. Laura Harding (31) - daughter of Brian Harding - was given 16 months' custody, suspended for a year, as was David Owen (41), her brother.

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