North Yorkshire Police secures its highest ever confiscation order
12:00am 20th November 2010
(Updated 11:30am 22nd November 2010)
Black day for drug dealer as police secure highest ever cash forfeiture
North Yorkshire Police today secured its highest ever confiscation order after a convicted drug dealer was ordered to repay £354,500 of his illegally earned cash following a two-day hearing at York Crown Court.
50-year-old David Alexander Black, formerly of 1 Landalewood Road, Clifton Moor, York, was found guilty of drug dealing on 5th March 2009 and is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence.
The confiscation hearing concluded that Black had benefited by £354,500 through his criminal activity and the judge ordered that he pay back the full amount within 6 months.
If he fails to comply with the order he will serve an extra three-and-a-half years in prison without the possibility of parole and will still be liable to pay the confiscation order.
Following his conviction, Theresa Bentley from North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit launched an enquiry into Black’s finances to discover how much money he had made from running his illegal drugs operation.
During the enquiry, police and the Crown Prosecution Service obtained a Restraint Order preventing Black from disposing of any assets he may have used illegally-earned cash to pay for. This included a house, bank accounts, and numerous high value vehicles.
Investigators established that Black had used bank accounts and the purchase of high value assets to launder the proceeds of his crime and tried to hide the profits of his drug dealing business behind the façade of his limousine business.
He was described in court as being the "main player" and the "money man" behind the drugs conspiracy. The criminal investigation found that Black used others to collect the drugs from Leeds and store them in a 'safe house' in York, prior to distribution.
Detective Inspector Ian Wills, Head of North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said:
“This is a major success for North Yorkshire Police, not only in securing the conviction of a man who orchestrated a large drug dealing operation, but it also demonstrates that we have the capacity and capability to vigorously pursue and confiscate those assets obtained through criminality.
“It sends a very clear message to the criminal world that not only will they face the full force of the law, but we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act to its full potential to hit them where it hurts the most – their pocket.”
The ‘Why should they?’ campaign supports the Proceeds of Crime Act and encourages members of the public to pass information to Crimestoppers about people they suspect of living off illegal earnings. It asks the question: “Criminals are living at the expense of law-abiding members of the public – Why should they?”
Crimestoppers is an independent charity, you do not have to give your name and could qualify for a cash reward. Please dial 0800 555 111 and tell them what you know.
Photos are of two vehicles seized from Black during the financial investigation; a Hummer and a 'Mobile Nightclub'.
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