Ex-England player who was drug gang accountant has jewellery seized after arrest

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    A former England footballer has had property and jewellery seized by police after being exposed as an accountant for a drugs gang.

    Faye Dunn, who played for Leeds and Tranmere during her semi-professional career, was jailed for three years and nine months in 2022 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and money laundering after being apprehended by police at Manchester Airport.

    Appearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, the mother-of-two was ordered to pay back £70,000 of her ill-gotten gains to avoid a further eight months being added to her sentence.

    Nicola Daley, prosecuting, told the court that the defence counsel had agreed that Dunn pocketed £152,953.96 from her criminal activities. Her current available assets stand at £69,747.70, the bulk of which comprises of £64,000 worth of equity in a house in Liverpool.

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    Also included in the total was a Peugeot 1007 valued at £1,085 and nearly £2,000 worth of jewellery.

    Dunn turned to a life of crime in 2020 when her businesses in and around Liverpool began to falter during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

    "She played an operational role within the drugs supply chain but appeared to have significant influence upon others in the chain, facilitating meetings between criminal associates in relation to the supply of controlled drugs, and also instructed others to undertake tasks such as the collection and movement of packages of both drugs and cash," prosecutor Daley said during a court hearing last year.

    A court also heard Dunn smuggled money out of the UK by stuffing it down her trousers before boarding a ferry from Portsmouth to Spain. Her dad, Michael Dunn, was described as having a "significant" role in the criminal organisation.

    When she was 18, Dunn helped fire the England U-19 team to the semi-finals of the UEFA European Women's U19 Championship, netting two goals at the tournament, against Denmark and Switzerland. The midfielder started her career at Tranmere Rovers before later joining Leeds in 2003.

    After hanging up her boots, Dunn set up community interest company Onside Sports Academy, which aimed to support young footballers released from pro clubs back into employment.

    She also helped run a legal firm as well as a recruitment company and even had ties to a resin flooring business in Spain. But when Covid hit, her companies began faltering and she was sucked into the criminal underworld.

    She operated under the handle 'StiffNinja' on the encrypted communications platform EncroChat before it was infiltrated by law enforcement.

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