Ex-England footballer mum nicknamed 'StiffNinja' has jewellery seized after being jailed over drug trafficking plot | The Sun

AN EX-ENGLAND footballer who worked for a drugs gang has been forced to hand over a house and jewellery to the courts.

Liverpool mum Faye Dunn, now 39, was arrested at an airport when cops rumbled a million-pound cannabis trafficking operation.

Dunn — who played for Leeds, Tranmere and England under-19s — was “an accountant for an organised criminal enterprise” and smuggled ill-gotten cash abroad, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Dunn became an "accountant for an organised criminal enterprise" when the Covid-19 pandemic affected her businesses.

Yesterday, a court ordered her to hand over assets to repay her ill-gotten gains during a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Nicola Daley, prosecuting, told the court that the former footballer had made £152,953.96 from her involvement in organised crime.

The Echo reported that Dunn's current available assets are £69,747.70, including £64,000 of equity in a house on Birkdale Close in Huyton.

Also included in the total was a Peugeot 1007 valued at £1,085 and nearly £2,000 of jewellery.

Small sums held on cryptocurrency platform Coinbase, a bank account, a pension and an investment fund must also be forfeited.

She was was given three months to pay the near £70,000 figure by Judge Anil Murray. She will otherwise face an additional eight months in prison in default.

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Dunn was involved in smuggling around 24kg of cannabis and laundered £654,800 of dirty money.

She was arrested at Manchester Airport on June 13 last year. Her dad Michael Dunn was arrested by cops on July 11.

They both admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis and money laundering.

Dunne was sentenced to three years and nine months for her role in supplying drugs.

Her dad was handed a two-year suspended sentence.

Dunn and her dad used encrypted communications platform EncroChat to smuggle and supply the weed.

One message from Dunn, who used Encrochat handle 'Stiffninja',to her dad – said: "You reckon you can move five trees from by you over to me mate, or too risky?"

He responded: "Not tonight, roads too quiet. Can do it tomorrow."

Sentencing, Judge David Potter, said: "Recent events in this city show how innocent people can get caught in the spiral of violence of organised crime groups.

“Quite simply, cannabis dependency wrecks lives. It was into this trade that you have both willingly participated with the sole intention of significant financial reward.

“I accept that you are a woman of effectively good character – a highly intelligent, successful, motivated sportswoman, entrepreneur and mother of high achieving children.

“You came to this trade as a result of the failure of your businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"You took your considerable management skills into the trade of drugs.

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“It is a tragedy to see a young woman facing a sentence of imprisonment after leading a life full of past and continuing achievements.

“You should have been thinking about your two young children when you became involved in serious organised crime."

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