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Kings Langley drug dealer Paul Pierson must pay £650k
A Kings Langley drug dealer has been ordered to repay £650,000 he made from supplying cannabis.
Paul Pierson, who is currently serving a three and a half year jail term, was told at a proceedings of crime hearing last week he needs to pay £160,000 within 28 days.
At the hearing at St Albans Crown Court on August 30 Judge Griffith said the 33-year-old would need to pay the rest of the balance from any assets he gains after leaving prison.
The 33-year-old, formerly of Hillcrest, Lady Meadow, pleaded guilty in September last year to conspiracy to supply cannabis which had a street value of nearly £850,000.
He was arrested after police stopped a black cab in which Pierson was travelling at between Junctions 21 and 21a on the M25 near Watford on April 3 last year and found 800 individual nine ounce bars of cannabis resin in a large number of boxes.
The total weight of the seizure was 200.25 kilogrammes.
After the bust, police went to Pierson’s address and saw his wife Melissa, aged 34, driving away from the house. She was stopped and a single bar of cannabis resin was found in the boot.
She was also arrested and charged and she was subsequently convicted and sentenced to complete 200 hours of community service work.
Gary Brennan, 49, of Hyde Grove, Dartford, was identified as the person who had supplied the drugs to Pierson earlier in the day. He was also sentenced to three and a half years.
Financial Investigator, Paul Fitzsimmons, of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit said: "This confiscation order sends a message out to all those who think they can get away with profiteering out of crime. Pierson has lost all his assets and long after he comes out of prison, will continue to have this huge debt hanging over him.
"Crime doesn’t pay. If you think someone you know could be benefitting from crime, we would encourage you to get in touch and report it to us."
Income generated through proceeds of crime hearings and forfeitures is on the increase in Hertfordshire, in line with the Commissioner’s plans for the county. This year’s activity has yielded nearly £560,000 compared to around £420,000 for the policing year 2011/12.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd added: "It is wholly right that those responsible for crime should bear its costs, not the law abiding people of Hertfordshire so I was delighted to hear the outcome of this hearing."
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