Posted on 23rd May 2013
A drug dealer has been ordered to pay back nearly £4,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act after being jailed for supplying cannabis in New Mills.
In February, Stuart Gregory was sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to concealing criminal property, two counts of possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and one count of supplying the same drug.
Now the 48-year-old has been ordered to pay back £3,800. He has six months to pay the money back, or serve an extra ten weeks in jail.
The confiscation order was made at a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Derby Crown Court on May 9.
Police executed a warrant at Gregory’s house, in High Hill Road, New Mills, on January 6 last year, finding cannabis.
He was arrested again when officers conducted a second warrant at the house on August 22 last year, discovering more of the drug.
Inspector Jon Clark, who is in charge of policing in New Mills, said: “Drugs offences blight our communities and the message is that we will not tolerate people benefiting from them in this way.
“We will seek to strip anyone of anything they have gained through illegal activity and use that money to benefit the people who live here instead of those who commit crime.”
The Proceeds of Crime Act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
Police can apply to the courts to have cash or other ill-gotten assets seized and sold, and use the money generated to pay compensation to victims of crime.
In recent months, cash recovered under the Act has gone to several community groups and organisations across Derbyshire.
These include Jericho Café, in Glossop, which used it to purchase a community computer for its customers.
Matlock’s ShopWatch radio scheme also received some cash and has used it to buy new and replacement radio kit, while a youth club in Bradwell has had a £500 boost to cover some of its running costs for the rest of the year.