Newport man forced to pay £48,000 to pose with cash and drugs

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Mark Wainfur, 33, was jailed for 12 years in January (Image: Wales News Service)

A man has been ordered to pay back £48,000 after he was seen posing with notes from his drug business.

Mark Wainfur, 33, from Newport, South Wales, was arrested and jailed for 12 years in January following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and Gwent Police after police found the pictures on his phone.

He was also previously jailed for three years and four months in July 2018 for posing with drugs and money.

Waynefur had used an encrypted EncroChat phone while out of prison to sell 15kg of cocaine and 5kg of heroin between April and June 2020 and believed the messages and selfies would remain hidden before detectives cracked his code.

Officers using the platform identified Wainfur using photos and phone conversations and he was arrested on September 15, 2021.

At Newport Crown Court in January, Wainfur admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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Mark Wainfur with his money (Image: Wales News Service)

A proud criminal who posed with banknotes was caught in his own selfies - and ordered to pay more than £48,000.  Mark Wainfur, 33, was found with pictures on his own phone posing with thousands of pounds in cash, designer clothes and Rolex watches.  Waynfur was arrested and jailed - only to restart his drug business after his release.  But itinerant Waynfour made the same mistake when police found a trove of evidence on his phone, including a picture of £9,500 in cash.  Pictured here is Mark Wainfur WALES NEWS SERVICE

He also posed among the drugs (Image: Wales News Service)

Gareth Williams, defending, said: “He is someone who has made mistakes in his life and will now face a very severe sentence for continuing his offending behaviour.”

Judge Timothy Petts told Wainfur: “Drugs are a scourge on society and are causing significant damage in many parts of the country.

“You organized and engaged in sales on a commercial scale and obtained a significant financial advantage.”

Last Friday, Waynfour returned to court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to seize his assets.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how Wainfur made £1,124,035 but the dealer’s available assets amounted to £48,952.

A proud criminal who posed with banknotes was caught in his own selfies - and ordered to pay more than £48,000.  Mark Wainfur, 33, was found with pictures on his own phone posing with thousands of pounds in cash, designer clothes and Rolex watches.  Waynfur was arrested and jailed - only to restart his drug business after his release.  But itinerant Waynfour made the same mistake when police found a trove of evidence on his phone, including a picture of £9,500 in cash.  Pictured here is Mark Wainfur WALES NEWS SERVICE

He will have a year added to his sentence if he fails to pay £48,000 (Image: Wales News Service)

A proud criminal who posed with banknotes was caught in his own selfies - and ordered to pay more than £48,000.  Mark Wainfur, 33, was found with pictures on his own phone posing with thousands of pounds in cash, designer clothes and Rolex watches.  Waynfur was arrested and jailed - only to restart his drug business after his release.  But itinerant Waynfour made the same mistake when police found a trove of evidence on his phone, including a picture of £9,500 in cash.  Pictured here is Mark Wainfur WALES NEWS SERVICE jewellery

He wore lavish jewelery to flaunt his drug wealth (Image: Wales News Service)

He faces another year in prison if he doesn’t pay.

Detective Inspector Ian Bartholomew said: “Mark Wainfur is an established and prolific drug supplier who thought he was untouchable.

“He profited from an illegal trade that often leads to other forms of criminal activity and can cause harm and misery in our communities.

“Using an encrypted mobile network to carry out his criminal operations, he trafficked more than 20kg of cocaine and heroin in Gwent and laundered significant amounts of cash to buy over £200,000 worth of jewellery.

“A dedicated team of detectives at Gwent Police has focused on pursuing individuals, such as Wainfur, who have used bespoke encrypted mobile devices to carry out their illegal activities at the highest level of serious and organized crime.”

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