Drug dealer forced to hand in £1,500

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A HEROIN and cocaine dealer from Newthorpe had £1,500 taken off him after he could not prove it was obtained legally.

Kieran Benbow – who was sent to prison last month – had the money taken off him because it was found ‘hidden’ in DVD cases as part of a police investigation.

The case against Benbow began when he was stopped and arrested by cops in Ilkeston after he was seen to discard drugs.

As part of the investigation, his home in Brunel Avenue, Newthorpe was searched and £1,500 was found hidden in DVD cases.

Benbow was then charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 20 months in prison at Derby Crown Court on March 6.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Monday, April 2 magistrates in Derby made a forfeiture order to strip him of £1,500. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.

The Proceeds of Crime Act gives the police the power to take offenders to court and strip them of cash and assets if they cannot prove they have obtained it legitimately.

For example, people who may have made money by drug dealing or selling stolen property can have this cash or property taken from them.

If you have information about drugs in your community contact Derbyshire police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.