Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Heysham drug dealer ordered to pay back over £8,000 at POCA hearing

A local drug dealer has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 – or face further time in jail – at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing.

42-year-old Adam Wilson, of Heysham Mossgate Road, Heysham, was jailed in January last year for 30 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.

At a recent POCA hearing at Preston Crown Court, the judge deemed that Wilson had benefited from his crimes by £9,675. His current assets were set at £8,395 and a confiscation order was put in place, under which he must pay the money within 28 days or face a further five months in prison.

Detective Constable Steve Dixon of Lancashire Constabulary’s proceeds of crime unit said: “Where we see that a criminal has financially benefited from their illegal activities – either by hoarding cash or spending it lavishly – we will seek to strip them of their assets through the courts.

“This can be in the form of taking money, cars – even their homes – and if we become aware that they have other assets in the future we will continue to confiscate them until the full total of their benefit has been met.”

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