Estranged wife of a confessed illegal steroids supplier, who lived a luxurious lifestyle on the profits, has been convicted of conspiracy to supply drugs and money laundering.

Mother-of-two Hyacinth Hyland, 56, of Wheelers Hill, Little Waltham – described as the financial brains behind the operation – had denied four charges connected to the £1 million commercial enterprise which involved her husband Patrick and four other men.

But a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday ended almost four days of deliberation by delivering a guilty verdict on the money laundering charge.

On Monday, Hyland was convicted of conspiracy to acquire criminal property, namely the proceeds of criminal conduct, and of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by arranging to sanitise an audit trail and destroy records belonging to her husband.

And on Tuesday the jury returned a guilty verdict on the charge of conspiracy to supply class C controlled drugs. Hyland will be sentenced with the five co-defendants next month and was released on bail.

A fourth charge of conspiracy to acquire criminal property was left on the court file.

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