Cumbrian crook may have to sell house to pay back crime proceeds
Published at 19:04, Monday, 10 March 2014
A man who conspired to sell illegal drugs may have to sell his house in order to avoid a further 15 months in prison.
Darren Williams, 43, of Brook Street, Flimby, has just six months to pay back £48,000 from the proceeds of his crime, Carlisle Crown Court ruled.
If he fails to hand over the money within that time, the 15 months will be added to the four years he is already serving for admitting conspiracy to supply amphetamine.
The court heard Williams had made £125,000 but had just under £48,000 of assets, which includes a house in Flimby, cash, which had been seized and two cars.
Co-conspirator Luke Pickering, 31, of Bog Height Road, Darwen, Lancashire, gained £20,600 from his criminal activity.
The Proceeds of Crime hearing was told he had just over £1,270 in realisable assets, including a car and cash, which had been seized.
Pickering was given six months to pay back the £1,270 or have 30 days added to his sentence.
He was jailed, in April last year, for 41 months for conspiracy and a year for possession with intent to supply. He admitted the charges.
Both men were involved in the supply of over 14kg of amphetamine, which was seized by the police in August 2012.
Detective Constable Stephen Lee, a financial investigator, said: “Bringing criminals before the court for their crimes is not the end of the case.
“The proceeds of crime legislation provides police with the ability to hurt criminals where it matters the most, in their pocket.
"In this case, Williams may have to sell his house in order to pay. If he fails to pay he faces a further 15 months in prison and will still have to pay the £48,000 ordered by the court.”
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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