A CONVICTED drug dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £2,300 under a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation order.
Leighton Foster (21), of Baker Street, Burnley, was jailed for two years eight months in December after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and GHB.
Foster was arrested on May 12th after officers discovered cannabis and 611 bottles (10ml) containing rave drug GHB in a holdall he had been carrying while walking in Sefton Terrace, Burnley.
He was brought back before Burnley Crown Court last Friday under the Proceeds of Crime Act after police undertook an investigation into his finances.
He must now repay £2,236.16 within six months or face a default prison sentence of 40 days and still owe the money on his release, with accrued interest.
Financial investigator DC Adrian Crorken said: “Confiscation hearings can result in the seizure of money from bank accounts or any other assets such as houses or cars, which the offender has used their ill-gotten gains to buy.
“Unfortunately in some cases, the offender no longer has the sum they may have benefited from and they are required to pay a smaller amount immediately.
“However, this is a debt he always owes and should the offender have assets available in future, these can be seized.”
“It is not right that criminals should profit from their offending or live a lifestyle funded by crime. We will do everything we can to investigate the finances of people who we have reasonable suspicion could have obtained money illegally and then work with the courts to confiscate this cash.”