Fishponds drug dealer ordered to repay more than £16,000

police logoA drug dealer who was arrested after being caught dealing cocaine in Fishponds has today been ordered to repay £16,405 which he made from his criminal activities.

On 14th June last year police stopped a BMW after witnessing a drug deal being completed by the driver on the Fishponds Trading Estate. 450 and nine wraps of crack cocaine and in October he was convicted of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and sentenced to 21 months in prison by Bristol Crown Court.

The offence was dealt with by officers from Operation Beacon, the team targeting drug crime in Bristol.

Today Lindsay, 41, who was living in Bristol at the time of his arrest, returned to the city’s Crown Court for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The court found that he had gained £16,405 through his criminal activities and ordered him to repay all the money within 28 days or face an extra six months in prison.

After the hearing, Detective Sergeant Geoff Smith said: “Some drug dealers might think that a prison sentence is the end of the matter and expect to come out of prison to enjoy the money they earned through their crime.

“These people are wrong because we will examine their bank accounts and the assets they own and apply to the courts to confiscate the money they made illegally.

“This is what we have done today and Joseph Lindsay will have to repay £16,405 or face spending extra time in prison – and still be liable for the debt when he is released.”