A 'gangster' grandmother has been jailed for six years for being the second-in-command of a drug-running gang headed by her sons - and run under the cover of a family garage business.
Angela Collingbourne, 51, was caught on CCTV counting thousands of pounds at the garage in Newport, Gwent, even though only a handful of cars were being repaired there.
She was found to be part of a 16-strong gang, headed by her sons, which was caught supplying up to £2.5m worth of cocaine.
Grandmother Angela Collingbourne has been jailed for six years for being the second-in-command of a drug gang headed by her sons
Collingbourne, 51, was caught on CCTV counting thousands of pounds at the garage in Newport, Gwent
The grandmother said she turned to crime when she was shunned by her parents for falling in love with a boxer.
Collingbourne told how she had been at boarding school studying to be a home economics teacher in London before she dropped out - after meeting Roy Nunes.
She claimed she became estranged from her 'racist' parents because they disapproved of her having a relationship with a black man and she hasn't spoken to them for 32 years.
The court heard how she had a 'number of convictions' for shoplifting, driving and a public order offence.
Collingbourne's sons were both jailed too. Blaine Nunes, 26 (left), was jailed for 14 years, while Jerome Nunes, 28 (right), was jailed for 12
It also discovered that she eventually became responsible for managing the gang's funds.
She was also in charge of facilitating and maintaining control of the telephone line which counted 4,000 customers.
Prosecutor Andrew Jones said: 'Collingbourne was responsible for the control of the funds and facilitated and maintained control of the main source of trading.
'She was also responsible for ensuring money from drug dealing was paid when both of her sons were in prison.
Tia Donovan-Jones (left) and Liam Slade (right) were arrested alongside the family