Jailed drug dealer ordered to pay back ‘dirty money’
A jailed drug dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £30,000 of ‘dirty money’ – or spend even more time behind bars.
Officers pursued Coventry man Sunveer Hayer’s ill-gotten gains through the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) as a statement to him and other crooks that “crime doesn’t pay”.
The 34 year-old was jailed in January last year after being caught by police as part of a crackdown on organised crime.
Officers recovered drugs stuffed inside a sofa and sawn-off shotgun under a bathroom sink after a swoop on his flat in Spon End.
It followed a thorough search which also uncovered cannabis, cocaine, a can of CS spray and drug paraphernalia.
In addition to the conviction the force pursued an order at Warwick Crown Court to claw back cash - or assets to the value of money made from crime.
On Thursday (21 September) he was told to hand back £31,000 within three months or face an extension to his seven-and-a-half year jail term.
This included the value of drugs which were seized and amount of illegally earned money used to pay off the mortgage of a family home.
Detective Constable Rob Gough, from the force’s financial investigation unit, said: "We have all seen the misery which drugs can cause and we were determined that Hayer should not benefit from his illegal actions in the future.
"This should serve as a warning that a conviction does not necessarily mean the end of our investigations and we won’t hesitate to use POCA. The message really is clear; crime doesn’t pay!"
Money obtained through POCA is put into good causes through the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens Fund, whereby seized cash is used to fund community projects.
PCC David Jamieson said: “I’d encourage residents in Coventry to apply to my office for POCA money through my Active Citizens Fund.
“That fund has been set up to help support good causes and local projects that benefit communities. It is always very satisfying to take money out of criminals’ hands and put it to good use."