Katie Price’s boyfriend is friends with a drug gang boss

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Katie Price’s handsome Carl Woods is friends with a drug gang leader who has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

The former Love Island star, 31, shared a photo of himself catching up with friend Bradley Stantiford on Instagram in February.

Stantiford, 44, known as The Beast, smuggled cocaine at Stansted Airport and was reportedly released from prison this year, reports The Sun.

Catch up: Katie Price's handsome Carl Woods (left) had a drink with boyfriend Bradley Stantiford ahead of lockdown after his friend was released from prison for leading a cocaine gang

Catch up: Katie Price’s handsome Carl Woods (left) had a drink with boyfriend Bradley Stantiford before lockdown after his friend was released from jail for leading a cocaine gang

Carl shared the snap of the catch up on Instagram, writing, “Just a few friends having a drink. It’s been a long time, Mr. Stantiford.

The smiling couple can be seen in the photo, which was reportedly taken in an Essex pub, with Carl appearing to have his arm around his mate.

A source told the publication: “Carl and Brad have known each other for a long time and are close friends.

“When Brad came out he had a lot of catching up to do with his friends. Brad has told friends he’s determined to stay in the straight.

Flashback: A source said Carl (pictured with Katie) and Stantiford have 'known each other for a long time and are close friends'

Flashback: A source said Carl (pictured with Katie) and Stantiford have ‘known each other for a long time and are close friends’

They added that Stantiford continues with his life now, saying he “keeps his head down” and believes “what happened is in the past”.

MailOnline has reached out to Katie Price’s rep for comment.

Stantiford and seven other gang members were jailed in 2016 for a total of 46 years, Dunmow Broadcast reports.

The lawsuit heard that the gang was based at an address in Stansted which they used as a drug safe place to store and prepare cocaine.

Imprisoned: Stantiford (pictured in his police snapshot) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2016

Jailed: Stantiford (pictured in his police photo) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2016

Over 1.5 kg of 85% purity cocaine found by police during a raid and oThe fficiers also found cutting agents, scales and presses used by the concessionaires of the property.

Speaking at trial, Judge Patricia Lynch QC said Stantiford’s distribution network was commercial-scale.

He pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2016.

It was also reported that Stantiford had received an interim violent offender order forbidding him to visit pubs and clubs in four English counties in 2012.

Defiant: Katie recently hit back at a troll who questioned her relationship and the age gap between her and boyfriend Carl (pictured last week)

Defiant: Katie recently hit back at a troll who questioned her relationship and the age gap between her and boyfriend Carl (pictured last week)

`` You have to add love! '': Katie took offense at a follower who asked her why she thought the Love Island star was 'the one' when he was 'half your age'

“You have to add the love! “: Katie took offense at a follower who asked her why she thought the Love Island star was” the one “when he was” half your age “

He is believed to have also been sentenced to five years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm.

He was also reportedly tracked down by police after breaking the conditions of his day-out jail and was picked up at Nazeing, Hertfordshire.

It comes after Carl’s girlfriend Katie Price was forced to strike back at a troll who questioned their relationship.

The former glamor model, 42, responded to the search published under an Instagram post in which she thanked Carl for his love and support after his six-hour surgery on her broken feet.

Katie took offense at a follower who asked her why she thought the Love Island star was “the one” when he was “half your age”.

Smitten: She had posted: 'Thanks to @CarlJWoods for constantly adapting me to her job and being by my side, loving knowing that I found the man who ticked every box'

Smitten: She had posted: “Thanks to @CarlJWoods for constantly adapting me to her job and being by my side, loving knowing that I found the man who ticked every box”

The troll wrote: “How can you really think he’s ‘the one’ when he’s half your age why don’t you try to go it alone for a while. You don’t always need to move on to the next one immediately.

Katie replied, “You have to add luv. He is 31, 42 years old. Barely half my age ”.

The shot showed Katie in a hospital gown on a bed with her feet in plaster with the businessman by her side.

In a long caption, she spoke of the Carl car dealership and said, “A BIG THANKS and a huge thank you to @CarlJWoods for constantly fitting me into her job and being by my side, loving knowing that I have found the man who surprisingly ticked every box I could only dream of a man who would look like and know that I will spend the rest of my life with him.

It comes as the star discussed her relationship with Carl in her latest YouTube video.

She said: “Carl was absolutely amazing and I don’t care what anyone says. I don’t know why people are starting to hit us.

Getaway: Katie and Carl went public with their relationship last month and reportedly knew each other for years before deciding to take their relationship to the next level

Getaway: Katie and Carl went public with their relationship last month and reportedly knew each other for years before deciding to take their relationship to the next level

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