Burnley drug dealer must repay £9k

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A persistent drug supplier who made almost £15,000 from his dealings has been ordered to pay back nearly £9,000.

Burnley Crown Court earlier heard Storm McGowan (25) had stashes worth £13,000, and carried on street dealing despite being caught twice.

McGowan (25), who had a receipt for £1,000 part-payment of a holiday at his home, claimed he was selling cannabis and amphetamine of between 11 and 14% purity because he had a drugs debt.

But a judge said there was no evidence of that as he had no convictions for possessing drugs and told him: “It’s obvious that you were doing this for financial gain. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest you were doing it because of a drugs debt.”

The hearing was told McGowan, who struck over nine months, was caught last June, but was not charged. He was arrested and bailed last December and carried on peddling drugs until he was remanded in custody in March.

The defendant admitted possessing amphetamine and cannabis with intent to supply, possessing a prohibited weapon – a CS gas canister – and possessing criminal property, all on March 6th. He also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and amphetamine with intent to supply last December and possessing cannabis with intent to supply last June. He was jailed for two years in July.

He was back in the dock for a proceeds of crime hearing. Judge Ian Leeming, QC, found he had benefited from £14,815 and the amount available was £8,915.

The judge ordered the £8,915 be confiscated and gave McGowan, of Melville Street, Burnley, 28 days to pay up, otherwise he must serve three months in prison, consecutive to his current sentence, in default.

Prosecutor Miss Susan Carter had earlier told the court that last December police searched the defendant’s home. They found 102 wraps of amphetamine in the freezer, two large bags of cannabis, tick lists and between £4,000 and £5,000.

Miss Carter said the cannabis found weighed 82.27g and was worth £822.70. Thirty one ounces of amphetamine were discovered and the total value on the streets was £8,370.90.

The prosecutor said last June a significant amount of cannabis was found at a man’s Burnley home and the defendant’s fingerprints were found on three packages of cannabis. Police raided the defendant’s home in March and arrested him. They recovered about £5,000, 86.8g of cannabis worth £868 and 384g of amphetamine. The total street value was £3,840.