Bradford drug dealer ordered to repay £12,000 (23 Jan 2015)

A Bradford drug dealer has been ordered to re-pay thousands of pounds or face another year in prison.   

Sajid Ali, 27, who was jailed for 55 months in September 2013 for drugs offences, was served with the confiscation order at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

His Honour Judge Rose ruled that Ali, of Parkside Road in West Bowling, had £12,109.09 in available assets and ordered him to pay within 30 days.

Ali was arrested in February 2012 following a search warrant executed at his home address.

During the search officers seized cocaine with a street value of more than £30,000 and a large amount of cash.

Ali was subsequently charged and later convicted of drugs offences, together with a charge of possessing criminal property.

Gary Walton, Financial Investigator from the Bradford Proceeds of Crime Act Team, said:

"We welcome this confiscation order, which is yet another reminder to criminals that crime does not pay in West Yorkshire.

"If Ali fails to pay, his sentence will be extended by 12 months and the outstanding amound will still be owed when he has completed it."

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "Cases like these highlight the considerable amount of money we can potentially recover from criminal enterprises and which could be used to the benefit of local people and police.

"I am campaigning for all the money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act to be returned to our communities, as half currently goes back to Government and cases like this are a timely reminder of the amounts involved.

"West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors have an excellent track record in recovering the ill-gotten gains of criminals, but currently only a relatively small proportion of the amounts recovered find its way back here. As a matter of principle that can't be right.

"I am taking part in the Home Office consultation on the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation supporting changes which would see greater powers for the police to detain property acquired through crime and reducing situations where such property is returned."

As of last December, the Bradford Proceeds of Crime Act Team had recovered £985,000 in this financial year.

Anyone who believes someone is living beyond their means can contact the Bradford Proceeds of Crime Act Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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