A woman whose business made over £20m from selling adapted RIBs to drug cartels has been given a two-year suspended sentence

A woman whose business was found to have been selling £350,000 RIBs to the drug trade – netting a profit of £20m – has been given a two-year suspended sentence.

Ellen George set up Lowestoft-based Crompton Marine, a property and boat company, with her partner Richard Davidson but in 2004 the couple were accused of adapting the boats so they were “uncatchable” and capable of carrying large quantities of drugs.

George admitted possession of criminal property and laundering money through the property side of the business but claimed she believed she was selling the boats to tobacco smugglers.

Richard Davidson has absconded while on bail facing drug smuggling charges.