Drug dealing Swindon plumber must pay back just £1k
5:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014 in Latest News
PLUMBER Jason Young who made tens of thousands of pounds from drug dealing has been ordered to hand over just £1,060.
Young was found to have profited from crime to the tune of £54,364 after he was caught with heroin and crack cocaine in the kitchen of his family home.
But because the 35-year-old has no assets, other than the cash seized when he was arrested, he has not been ordered to hand over anything else.
However should he come into money in the future the authorities can pursue him for the rest of the debt.
Young was appearing at Swindon Crown Court by video link from Ranby prison, in Nottinghamshire, for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.
Judge Philip Wassall said if he fails to sign paperwork surrendering the cash within a month he will have 28 days added to his three-year jail term.
Young, who lived in Pinnocks Place Upper Stratton with his wife and her seven-year-old child had hundreds of deals of heroin and crack cocaine when police raided his home in April last year.
Officers saw several bags of light brown powder on the kitchen worktop and asked if there was anything else.
He replied, ‘Just that on the side mate and some other things in the top drawer,’ where they found £1,060 in cash.
Officers also found a dealer’s list of names and numbers, as well as hundreds of empty bags with traces of drugs on them.
And detectives discovered over the previous six months he had spent almost £4,000 on hire cars which travelled more than 15,000 miles as he ferried drugs about.
When the house was searched officers seized two bags of crack cocaine weighing just under 50 grams.
They also found and two lots of heroin, one containing 104 wraps weighing 12 grams and the other a single consignment weighing nine grams.
A further 205 wrappings, each containing traces of heroin, were also found as well as the list of names and numbers.
The court was told he was also found to have hired six cars in the previous six months, at a cost of £3,900, driving 15,871 miles.
Young, who admitted possession with intent to supply, accepted he not only collected and delivered drugs and money but also cut and bagged drugs for onward supply.