Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drugs Boss Told to Pay Back Cash; Court Orders Gang Leader to Hand over Just PS38,320

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Drugs Boss Told to Pay Back Cash; Court Orders Gang Leader to Hand over Just PS38,320

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

A DRUGS gang boss has been ordered to pay back just a sixth of what he made running a heroin racket.

David Charlton was jailed last year after he was caught bringing large amounts of heroin into the North East - just weeks after being released from prison.

He was the head honcho in a Gateshead gang who were shipping high-purity heroin into the region from West Yorkshire.

Police closed in to bust the gang as they met to do a deal in the car park at West Denton Retail Park, in Newcastle, near McDonald's and Go Outdoors.

One of Charlton's henchmen rammed through police cars which had blocked them in, dragging another member of the gang along, then flinging him to the ground as he tried to get in the passenger door.

The driver for the Huddersfield group then followed through the blockade and ran over a detective, carrying him on the bonnet.

Both cars were then involved in high-speed crashes and police recovered a kilo of heroin and PS32,930 in cash.

Charlton, who was locked up last June for eight years and eight months, made his latest appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on a video link to prison as prosecutors sought to claw back his ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The court heard he made PS209,770 from his offending but must pay back just PS38,320 because that is all he has in available assets.

Charlton had been locked up for eight years in 2009 after operating a cocaine factory with his dad from their bathroom.

The gang had started making regular trips between the North East and Huddersfield shortly after Charlton was released from jail in June 2013.

He was making wholesale purchases from the Yorkshire contingent led by Tariq Hussain, who he had met in prison while serving his last sentence.

Police had them under surveillance and were watching on October 15, 2013 as Charlton, his brother George Charlton, Graham Smith and Frank Davis met up at West Denton. …

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