Drug dealer ordered to pay back £182,000

Fri 17th, Nov

More than £180,000 has been confiscated from a Bradford drug dealer, following an investigation by the Eastern Regional Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Drug dealer ordered to pay back £182,000 More than £180,000 has been confiscated from a Bradford drug dealer, following an investigation by the Eastern Regional Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU). Rahman Ali, 36, of Queensfield Drive, is serving a four year and four month prison sentence for drugs offences. In July 2015 Ali was driving on the M25 in Hertfordshire when he was stopped by police, with officers finding 15 kilograms of skunk cannabis in the van. He was arrested and charged in relation to the offence, and was also further prosecuted in relation to the conspiracy to supply two kilograms of heroin in West Yorkshire. The Regional Economic Crime Unit from ERSOU carried out a investigation into Ali following his conviction and found that he had benefited from his criminality to the figure of around £250,000. The investigation found that Ali had assets, including property and land, to the value of £182,000 and a confiscation order to that value was made to Ali at Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Thursday). He has three months to pay the money or will face a further two years in prison. Detective Inspector John Tacey, from ERSOU’s Regional Economic Crime Unit, said: “This confiscation order should send a message to those who choose to commit crime that being convicted of an offence is not the end of the criminal justice process. If a criminal benefits from crime, we will find your assets and strip you of your ill-gotten gains. Ali has three months to pay the order in full or he risks a further two years in prison. Even after that extra time in prison, he will still need to pay his confiscation in full.”