Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A He Been PS700,000 Drug Baron Ordered to Pay Back PS700,000

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A He Been PS700,000 Drug Baron Ordered to Pay Back PS700,000

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Byline: Laura Hill Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com

ACOKE dealer who thought he was "untouchable" has been ordered to pay back PS700,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Barry Armstrong, of Brackenhill Avenue, Shotton Colliery, in County Durham, was ordered to hand over the drug money by a Proceeds of Crime Order at Durham Crown Court on Friday. The former cocaine kingpin was sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison in February 2013 after he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

During Operation Sledgehammer, cops caught the dealer after fitting a tracking device on his car and swooping in after his gang had received a major consignment in 2011. He had PS75,000 worth of cocaine at his home and police described his operation as an "empire" and said he had thought he was untouchable before he was caught.

It has been calculated that Armstrong, now 51, made PS846,345 from his criminal behaviour.

He is considered to still have PS718,772 of that available - the amount confiscated in the order. …

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