Drug dealer told to pay back cash

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A DEALER from Irhtlingborough who pocketed thousands from selling drugs his has been ordered by a court to pay £71,390.43 under the proceeds of crime act.

Roy Rush, of Brawn Close, Irthlinghborough, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply at Northampton Crown Court, after being found to be in possession of large quantities of amphetamine on two separate occasions.

The drugs were valued in the region of £7,000.

Mr Rush received a 12 month prison sentence, which was suspended for two years.

Following his conviction, confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 commenced.

His Honour Judge Fowler, after hearing evidence from the Crown, Rush and his three children, concluded that insufficient evidence had been provided by Rush to rebut the Crown’s application that he had benefited from his drug dealing and a confiscation order of £71,390.43 was made.

Nicola Jeff, supervisor of the Financial Investigation Unit at Northamptonshire Police said: “This legislation is designed to take from criminals the proceeds they have made from their crime. During an investigation of this kind the defendant’s finances come under thorough investigation. This is a fantastic result and confiscation orders such as this send a clear message that crime simply does not pay.”