Dealer must pay £40,000
Updated 3:20pm Tuesday 18th February 2014 in Latest News
A ZURICH worker who was jailed for running a ‘one-man supermarket’ for drugs has been ordered to hand over almost £40,000.
But the money is a fraction of the profits Bradley Evans made as he supplemented his £24,000 salary from the financial giant.
A judge at Swindon Crown Court was told that the 35-year-old benefitted from the illicit trade in drugs by £186,551.11p.
But Evans only has £38,665.35 in realisable assets and has been given three months to hand it over or face anther three months tagged on to his sentence.
Although much of the money is in bank accounts that have already been frozen by the police, some items – including his table tennis gear – still has to be sold.
Martin Wigging, defending, said there was less than £2,000 worth of items which were not in the hands of the police.
The dealer, whose nickname was ‘shoes’, has a large quantity of designer footwear and clothing as well as gym kit which has to be turned into cash.
Evans was jailed for four years and eight months last year after a court heard how the police stumbled on his drug shop.
They had gone to speak to him about a different matter shortly after Christmas 2012 when it became clear he had drugs in his plush town centre apartment.
By the time they finished searching the flat in the Paragon Building they had found a £50,000 cache of drugs in classes A, B and C as well as anti-depressants and Viagra.
The place was also stocked with thousands of pounds of electrical and gym equipment.
When he was questioned by detectives he admitted being a drug dealer who used the money to supplement his lifestyle.
Police seized about 500g of ecstasy, 14g of cocaine, 370g of ketamine, 2kg of herbal cannabis, 180g of methylcathinone or MCAT, 100 diazepam and 680 Viagra pills.
As well as the haul of drugs officers also found the usual paraphernalia linked with drug dealing such as scales, spoons and bags.
The flat was full of high-end electrical equipment and expensive toys.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told the court in May last year: “He was effectively a one-man supermarket of drugs to suit the different needs of his consumers – a one-stop shop for any particular variety they required.”