Posted on 5th September 2014
A drug dealer who was jailed for two-and-a-half years has had more than £1,500 seized by magistrates under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Anton Melladay admitted one charge of supplying cocaine and one of supplying heroin and was locked up for 30 months at Derby Crown Court on September 2.
The 23-year-old, pictured right, was spotted acting suspiciously in Dashwood Street, Derby, on April 24 this year and was arrested on suspicion of the drugs offences.
A large amount of cash was also found during the arrest. That money, along with another sum found on Melladay, of Leopold Street, Derby, in a separate incident, has now been forfeited to magistrates under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The total sum was £1,599.
The act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
For example, people who may have earned money by drug dealing or selling stolen property can have this money taken from them.
Money seized is then split between the Treasury and police, Court Services and the Crown Prosecution Service. Amounts confiscated in Derbyshire are often donated to community projects.
If you have information about someone living from the proceeds of criminal activity, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.