Bromley couple sentenced after pleading guilty to drug trafficking and benefit fraud

PUBLISHED: 12:24 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24 18 February 2014

Matthew Harrod

Matthew Harrod


A Bromley couple of lived a lavish lifestyle funded by drug trafficking and benefit fraud have been sentenced.

Fiona KellyFiona Kelly

Matthew Harrod, 43, and his wife Fiona Kelly, 45, of Hayes Lane, were the subjects of a surveillance operation by the National Crime Agency (NCA) - who proved Harrod had brokered the delivery of three kilos of cocaine from Manchester to London.

He was jailed for 10 years at Kingston Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of drugs.

Kelly, who pleaded guilty to benefit fraud totalling £60,000 and money laundering, was handed a suspended 18-month sentence and ordered to do unpaid work in September last year.

The couple, who had not declared any income since 2003, paid for extensive renovations at their home - while Kelly drove a convertible Mercedes Benz worth £50,000.

NCA branch commander, Oliver Higgins, said: “Harrod had been involved in drug trafficking for many years. He actively used counter surveillance techniques but we were able to link him conclusively to a cocaine seizure that led to his downfall.

“Our investigation does not stop here though as we are working with partners to strip the couple of their criminal assets. We have restrained money from bank accounts and property. A confiscation hearing will now take place.”

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