Un­der the ham­mer Dealer’s ex­pen­sive tastes up for grabs

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Robin JENK­INS robin.jenk­[email protected]­plc.com

EX­PEN­SIVE watches and de­signer shoes have been put on dis­play by po­lice after they were con­fis­cated from a jailed drug dealer.

Ste­fan Miller or­gan­ised and co-or­di­nated the sup­ply of co­caine and heroin in Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter from his home in Lon­don.

He was jailed for 11 years in March for be­ing a county lines ring­leader with po­lice seiz­ing more than £100,000 worth of heroin and crack co­caine.

Miller, of Larch Close, Wandsworth, ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine and heroin be­tween April 1 and June 30, 2017.

He was also con­victed of pos­ses­sion of class A drugs with in­tent to sup­ply as in­ves­ti­ga­tors found the trail led to his ad­dress in Lon­don.

Glouces­ter Crown Court heard he had teenage drug run­ners in Chel­tenham and Glouces­ter.

Miller, 30, would ar­range for taxis, ho­tel rooms and co-or­di­nate the sup­ply of drugs re­motely.

At the time it was the big­gest jail sen­tence handed out in Glouces­ter­shire for county lines ac­tiv­ity.

Ear­lier this month, there was a Pro­ceeds of Crime Act hear­ing at the same court.

It heard Miller had ben­e­fited by £175,000 from his drug deal­ing and was found to have £63,594.80 in re­al­is­able as­sets and a con­fis­ca­tion or­der was

made out for that amount.

The as­sets were mainly de­signer shoes – 44 pairs worth more than £12,800 – and two Rolex watches, that po­lice found in Miller’s home in Lon­don.

One of the watches, an 18 carat Rose Gold Day­tona, was worth £27,450 and the other was worth more than £8,000. There were also a few items of cloth­ing and £16,350.54 in cash was seized.

Some of the shoes and the two watches were put on dis­play at Glouces­ter­shire po­lice’s prop­erty storage ware­house.

The de­signer brands of the footwear in­cluded Christian Louboutin, Valentino Gar­vani, Ba­len­ci­aga, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Christian Dior which were worth hun­dreds of pounds per pair.

One pair of Louis Vuit­ton train­ers was worth £560.

All of the watches and shoes will be sold at auc­tion in New­port on Au­gust 14 with the pro­ceeds go­ing to Glouces­ter­shire po­lice and the Home Of­fice, to help the fight against the crime.

DCI Neil Smith, who leads the se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime squad in Glouces­ter­shire, said: “My mes­sage is very sim­ple.

“If you are a drug dealer and you want to ex­ploit young vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, we will find you, we will catch you and we will take ev­ery­thing off you that you have ac­tu­ally paid for through your drug deal­ing.”

Ste­fan Miller and part of the con­fis­cated haul

DCI Neil Smith in the po­lice storage ware­house Pic­tures: Kevin Fern

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