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York man told to pay back £34,700 or face another year in jail

York man told to pay back £34,700 or face another year in jail

5:28pm 4th October 2010

A man from Bishopthorpe has been ordered to pay back £34,700.06 within six months.

If 43 year old Jonathon Arundale fails to comply he will face a twelve month prison sentence in addition to a six year sentence he's already received for possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Detective have told Minster FM "this is an individual who was living off money he made from selling controlled drugs. We feel the sentence is appropriate."

Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of the Organised Crime Unit, said:

"This case shows the importance North Yorkshire Police gives to intelligence and information from our communities, which is used to help us tackle this kind of organised criminality.

“The public can be reassured that we will continue to take positive action against those people suspected of being involved in this type of serious criminal activity, the large scale supply of controlled drugs, which go on to have a significant impact on the communities in which they are distributed.”

Detective Superintendent Helen Taylor, of York CID, said:

"Jonathan Arundale is an individual who was living off money he made from selling controlled drugs. His lifestyle was clearly financed beyond his legitimate income. He was therefore investigated by our Organised Crime Unit together with our Financial Investigation Unit who put a considerable amount of time and effort into bringing him to justice. We feel the sentence is appropriate.

“This is part of North Yorkshire Police's commitment to make our communities safer. Those within our communities who work hard and pay their taxes should be reassured that Arundale has been ordered to pay back his ill-gotten gains.

“I would urge anyone who has suspicions about  anybody else who appears to be living beyond their means to contact us in confidence."     

Anyone who has any information about people they suspect to be living off the proceeds of crime can pass this information to either North Yorkshire Police or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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