Police were led to the front door of Haxell’s home in Lake Green Road in January last year when Border Force officials intercepted 3 heroin packages being imported into the country – all addressed to Haxell’s flat.
A lunchtime raid was carried out on 31st January 2020 and led to Haxell and his mother, Joanne, being arrested. The flat was searched from top to bottom, as well as a Ford KA parked outside, with officers discovering drugs worth over £4,300. An illegal taser device was also found, alongside a small amount of cash.
18 months after the raid and the case has now been concluded at the Isle of Wight Crown Court – with both Ben and Joanne appearing in the dock.
The court heard how Joanne Haxell had been involved in some of the operation with over £9,500 transferred into her account as a result of selling cannabis. The money was later transferred to her son’s account, who then used it to purchase the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. On the whole, Joanne’s involvement in the overall operation was minimal.
48-year-old Joanne, a Post Office clerk, pleaded guilty to converting criminal property and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. She was handed a 2-year community order with 30 rehabilitation days attached, with a £90 surcharge to pay.
Ben Haxell previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of ecstasy, heroin, LSD, ketamine and cannabis, as well as converting criminal property and possession of an electrical weapon. He was sentenced to 3 years behind bars and must pay a £181 surcharge.
All of the offences occurred between 2nd January 2019 and 29th February 2020 and are said to have been brought about from Ben’s own drug habit, which spiralled out of control.