Dealer to pay back £1,750
4:30pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Latest News
A MIDDLE class drug dealer who made thousands peddling ‘exceptionally high grade’ cocaine from his family home has been ordered to pay back less than a quarter of the money he made.
Father-of-three Antony McQuillan benefited from the trade in the drug by £7,250 a judge has ruled, but the 39-year-old, who is serving a three year jail term, only has £1,750 of realisable assets.
He has been ordered to hand those over by Friday, October 11 or face a further 42 days added on to his sentence.
Judge Euan Ambrose, sitting at Swindon Crown Court, made the order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
McQuillan had thousands of pounds worth of the drug in his bedside table when police raided the Highworth home last year.
As well as the cocaine the dealer, who was a manager in the transport logistics industry, also had all the of items needed to run a sideline in drugs.
He had cash, a set of scales, more than 100 small self-seal plastic bags and a knife with traces of drugs on it, all stored in the drawer.
Although McQuillan admitted he would supply friends, who he said were ‘professional people’, he insisted he didn’t make a penny out of it.
Instead he claimed he had bought in bulk so he and his circle of users could get the drugs they craved on the cheap.
He even insisted a text saying ‘Hello mate, can I up the order to one of the good and one of the normal, see you at seven’, was from a friend who was part of the purchase.
But after hearing evidence a judge threw out his version of events and ruled he was a ‘local, low level commercial dealer’.
Police went to McQuillan's home, in Cherry Orchard, just before 7pm on March 2, last year, and found the haul in the bedroom. Chris Smyth, prosecuting, said there was 51.23 grams of cocaine with an 11 per cent purity with a street value of up to £3,200 and 19.67 grams, with a 71 per cent purity, which could have been worth even more PC Matt Barnett described the stronger powder as ‘exceptionally high grade’ saying it reached a much higher price that the normal cocaine. He said a normal street deal was £40 for 0.8 grams, it would cost £100 to get the stronger drug.
The officer said the presence of the stronger powder suggested a closeness to the importer, as the average purity of drug brought in to the country was 76 per cent.
McQuillan, giving evidence, said he had been using cocaine for 20 years and bought the drugs the night before his arrest, and not used any of it.
He said he was offered them for £2,000 – less than half their value – as his dealer was going travelling. Before buying he said he spoke to about four friends, who he described as ‘all professional people’, and they said they asked him to get some for them.
But the judge did not believe a dealer would be so charitable as to sell drugs at less than half price just because he was going travelling.