Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drug Dealer Made PS160k but Only Has to Repay PS410

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drug Dealer Made PS160k but Only Has to Repay PS410

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

A TAXI driver who made more than PS160,000 from dealing drugs has been ordered to pay back just PS410.

Raymond Connolly was caught with cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamine and cannabis during a police bust at his home in South Tyneside.

Debt-ridden Connolly was jailed for six years in February after pleading guilty to a series of drugs charges.

Prosecutors attempted to claw back his ill-gotten gains, which a court heard amounted to a total of PS160,781.

However Newcastle Crown Court was told his only available asset was cash seized by police when he was arrested.

Prosecutor Mark Giuliani said: "The defendant's available assets are PS410, which is already in the state's possession."

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Connolly may have to pay back more in the future if he acquires any assets.

Police carried out a raid at his South Tyneside home in November 2013 and found 136g of cocaine, 300 ecstasy tablets, six kilos of amphetamine and a small cannabis farm. …

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