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Car dealer involved in cocaine ring fails in bid to have jail sentence cut

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A car dealer who tried to use his trade as cover for his involvement in a cocaine dealing ring has failed in a bid to get his sentence cut.

Colin Charles Alan Muncey (57) from Windsor, was caught by police with £50,000 in drugs money, reports GetBucks.

But he claimed he was going to use the cash to buy vehicles for his business.

Muncey, of Ruddlesway, was jailed for six years last September after jurors disbelieved him.

He was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and two counts of possessing criminal property.

He went to the Criminal Appeal Court with an appeal to have his sentence reduced, claiming he had been treated too harshly.

Lord Justice Elias, Mr Justice Gilbart and Judge Mark Brown heard that Muncey was being watched by police in November 2013.

Officers spotted another man put £5,000 into the boot of his Mercedes, in Burnham.

When he was arrested shortly afterwards in Chiswick, another £45,000 was also discovered.

He claimed he was going to use the money to buy stock for his dealership (Muncey's Motors) but the jury found him guilty.

On appeal, his lawyers argued he was just "a foot soldier, carrying out a limited function", and that not enough account had been taken of his mitigation.

But Lord Justice Elias threw his challenge out, saying Muncey had been "in it for financial gain".

"The sentencing judge would have been fully aware of the factors which Muncey now says were not properly considered by him," he said.

"There was evidence demonstrating he played a more significant role than his lawyers were seeking to contend.

"In our view, the judge was entitled to take the approach that he did and there can be no reasonable complaint about the sentence.

"This appeal is dismissed," the judge concluded.

Lord Justice Elias also threw out a bid by Muncey to challenge his convictions.



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