Wigan man jailed in organised crime sting

Jamie Rothwell
Jamie Rothwell

A WIGAN criminal who splashed out on expensive cars despite owing more than £50,000 has been jailed.

Jamie Rothwell pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering and has started an 18-month sentence.

The 28-year-old of Bryn Road South, Ashton, was arrested alongside his brother Jonathan as part of a Greater Manchester Police crackdown on organised crime in Salford.

Detectives said Jamie Rothwell continued to spend “large amounts on expensive cars” from his criminal activity and made no attempt to pay back the money he owed from a previous drugs conviction.

In October 2013, GMP launched an investigation after suspecting that Jonathan Rothwell, along with his brother, was involved in money laundering.

During the investigation, two cars worth a total of £34,000 were seized, as part of Jamie Rothwell’s existing Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) order, for which he owes £57,000. Both were subsequently arrested.

In April this year officers spotted Jonathon Rothwell and associate Liam Gee sat in a parked car in Weaste. As the officers approached them, Gee fled on foot and Rothwell tried to reverse the car away from the officers.

Both men were detained and when the officers searched the car they discovered cocaine with a value of £60,000.

A separate investigation into the supply of drugs was launched and both Jonathan Rothwell and Gee were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Detective constable Richard Hudd said: “I hope the sentences show that we will relentlessly pursue the criminals who are involved in organised crime.

“Despite owing £57,000, Jamie Rothwell continued to spend large amounts of money, buying expensive cars, making no attempt to pay back the money he owed.

“Serious organised crime causes devastating harm to local communities and we, along with our partners, are determined to take these criminals off the streets, disrupting their lifestyles and making the streets a safer place to live. We will not stop until we dismantle organised crime groups piece by piece.”

Jonathan Rothwell, 26, of Salford pleaded guilty to money laundering and the possession of class A drugs with the intent to supply and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

Liam Gee, 26, of Weaste, Salford pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs at trial and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Jamie Rothwell pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering.