salon boss who smuggled £1.5m of cocaine is ordered to repay just £41

A salon boss who enjoyed a round-the-world party girl lifestyle before being jailed for smuggling £1.5million worth of cocaine has been told she only needs to repay £41.

Stephanie Nelson, 32, was four months pregnant when a Kent Police officer stopped her Hyundai iX35 at the Dartford Tunnel in June last year.

The officer discovered a hidden, magnetised compartment in the boot which was storing 15kg of high purity cocaine.

A month later she was jailed for 10 years and later gave birth to her baby behind bars, as prosecutors alleged she made almost £700,000 from her involvement in the smuggling plot. 

Nelson claimed she was paid nothing for her role as drugs courier, while her sentence was reduced to eight years and three months on appeal in May this year.

Prosecutors eventually settled on £10,000 as the figure she earned for her role in the scheme, but this week a court has ordered she pay just £41.05 - the amount of money she had on her when she was arrested.

Stephanie Nelson, 32, enjoyed a luxury lifestyle on expensive yachts in the Mediterranean -  but her jet-setting lifestyle came to a halt when she was jailed for smuggling cocaine last year

Stephanie Nelson, 32, enjoyed a luxury lifestyle on expensive yachts in the Mediterranean -  but her jet-setting lifestyle came to a halt when she was jailed for smuggling cocaine last year

£1.5million worth of cocaine was found in stowed away in Nelson's Hyundai at the Dartford Crossing. A court has heard she earned around £10,000 from the scheme, after prosecutors originally estimated it was closer to £700,000

£1.5million worth of cocaine was found in stowed away in Nelson's Hyundai at the Dartford Crossing. A court has heard she earned around £10,000 from the scheme, after prosecutors originally estimated it was closer to £700,000

She was temporarily released with her child under Covid-19 procedures and returned to her home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, where she lived with her seven-year-old son before being jailed.

Nelson gave birth to her daughter behind bars following her conviction. A court has now ordered her to pay £41 for her part in a £1.5million drug smuggling operation

Nelson gave birth to her daughter behind bars following her conviction. A court has now ordered her to pay £41 for her part in a £1.5million drug smuggling operation

Following some debate over Nelson's benefit from the drug smuggling operation, a confiscation proceedings heard yesterday her ill-gotten gains totalled a much more meagre £10,000. 

As her available assets were said to amount to just the £41.05 taken from her on arrest, she was simply ordered to pay that paltry sum within 28 days, or serve a further 14 days behind bars in default.

At the time she was jailed in July last year, she ran Cheshire-based Porsche Cosmetics Ltd and her social media accounts were full of photos depicting exotic holidays in the Far East, expensive hotels and yacht-sailing on the Med.

Others showed her enjoying nights out at top restaurants in Marbella, Spain, including celebrity favourite NOBU and Olivia’s La Cala, owned by ex-TOWIE star Elliott Wright.

The images were captioned ‘#partyhard #chillinglikeavillain #goodvibesonly’. 

Prior to her conviction, Nelson's social media accounts were full of photos depicting exotic holidays in the Far East, expensive hotels and yacht-sailing on the Med

Prior to her conviction, Nelson's social media accounts were full of photos depicting exotic holidays in the Far East, expensive hotels and yacht-sailing on the Med

At a previous hearing,

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