A WIGAN criminal who was the victim of a gangland shooting that sent shockwaves through the borough has been jailed.
Jamie Rothwell has started an 18-month sentence for money laundering after pleading guilty at Manchester Crown Court.
Despite owing £57,000, Jamie Rothwell continued to spend large amounts of money, buying expensive cars, making no attempt to pay back the money he owedDC Richard Hudd
Detectives arrested the 28-year-old along with his brother as part of a crackdown on organised crime.
Rothwell, of Bolton Road South, Ashton, was earlier this year shot three times outside a car wash on Bolton Road, also in Ashton.
The shooting was believed to be part of a violent feud between rival Salford based gangs that included separate grenade and machete attacks.
Detectives said Rothwell and brother Jonathan, 26, were under investigation after suspicions were raised they were both involved in money laundering.
The Ashton resident was spending “large amounts on expensive cars” despite owing more than £50,000 to the authorities relating to a previous drugs conviction, GMP added.
During the investigation, two cars worth a total of £34,000 were seized, as part of Rothwell’s existing Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) order and the brothers were arrested.
In April this year officers spotted Jonathan Rothwell and associate Liam Gee sat in a parked car in Weaste. As the officers approached them, Gee fled on foot and Rothwell tried to reverse the car away from the officers.
Both men were detained and when the officers searched the car they discovered cocaine with a value of £60,000.
A separate investigation into the supply of drugs was launched and both Jonathan Rothwell and Gee were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Detective constable Richard Hudd said: “I hope the sentences show that we will relentlessly pursue the criminals who are involved in organised crime.
“Despite owing £57,000, Jamie Rothwell continued to spend large amounts of money, buying expensive cars, making no attempt to pay back the money he owed.
“Serious organised crime causes devastating harm to local communities and we, along with our partners, are determined to take these criminals off the streets, disrupting their lifestyles and making the streets a safer place to live. We will not stop until we dismantle organised crime groups piece by piece.”
Jonathan Rothwell, 26, of Salford pleaded guilty to money laundering and the possession of class A drugs with the intent to supply and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. Liam Gee, 26, of Weaste, Salford pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs at trial and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Jamie Rothwell pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering.