Drug dealer to pay back £26k pro­ceeds

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­stephenb

A DRUG dealer has been or­dered to pay more than £ 6,000 he made while ped­dling co­caine and heroin on city streets.

Deon Brown (30) was jailed for a to­tal of 54 months last year af­ter plead­ing guilty to four counts of sup­ply­ing class A drugs and eight counts of be­ing con­cerned in sup­ply­ing class A drugs, re­lat­ing to the sale of crack co­caine and heroin in Peter­bor­ough.

Yes­ter­day Brown re­turned to court, where a Pro­ceeds of Crime Act ap­pli­ca­tion was made to re­claim the money he gained from his drug deal­ing.

The court was told Brown ben­e­fited from his crimes by £26,025.44 and he also had as­sets of £311.91 re­lated to his of­fend­ing - a to­tal of £26,337.35.

Judge Nic Madge said the en­tire sum would have to be paid to the court within 28 days, or Brown faces an­other seven days prison in de­fault.

When the money is re­cov­ered from Brown’s bank ac­counts it will be paid to the Gov­ern­ment.

Brown, of Mansel Court, London, was snared by po­lice as part of Op­er­a­tion Rip­tide, a large op­er­a­tion de­signed to rid Peter­bor­ough’s streets of il­le­gal and ad­dic­tive class A drugs.

When he was sen­tenced in Oc­to­ber last year, Peter­bor­ough Crown Court heard Brown sold both heroin and crack co­caine when he made trips to Peter­bor­ough from the cap­i­tal.

Af­ter his ar­rest, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a num­ber of text mes­sages on dif­fer­ent mo­bile phones be­long­ing to him show­ing his links to drug deal­ing.

Fol­low­ing the or­der made by the court, Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son said the move would act as a de­ter­rent to other deal­ers, and the pow­ers to re­claim money should be used more of­ten.

Mr Jack­son said: “We need to re­mem­ber that the most pow­er­ful de­ter­rent to drug deal­ers is a long stretch in prison.

“But courts should use these pow­ers more of­ten so per­sis­tent drug deal­ers are pun­ished by hav­ing their all their as­sets built up from il­le­gal and im­moral means taken off them.

“We should hit them where it hurts - in their pock­ets.”

In Oc­to­ber, a to­tal of 28 deal­ers were brought in front of the courts and sen­tenced for their part in sell­ing class A drugs, in­clud­ing heroin and crack co­caine, on the city streets.

They were caught out when they sold drugs to un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cers, work­ing to take the deal­ers off the streets as part of Op­er­a­tion Rip­tide.

Like Brown, many of the deal­ers trav­elled from London to take ad­van­tage of the trade on Peter­bor­ough streets.

Po­lice then used covert ev­i­dence gath­ered dur­ing the op­er­a­tion to swoop on sus­pects.

Pay­back: Deon Brown, who has been or­dered to pay more than £26,000 gained from drug deal­ing

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