A DRUG dealer who was duped into paying £48,000 for a block of concrete he thought was cocaine has now been ordered to hand over £60,000 of ill-gotten gains.
The YEP reported in March how “wannabe big man” Jordan Firth, 19, of Wooler Avenue, Beeston, was sentenced to seven years for conspiracy to deal drugs, possession of drugs and driving offences.
He and an accomplice were arrested in a police swoop at a car park in Leeds as he was in the process of being scammed by three Liverpudlian criminals.
During a search of his car in the Burger King car park on Leeds Ring Road at Beeston, police found two bags containing almost £48,000 along with a package of what looked like a kilogramme of class A drugs.
Leeds Crown Court heard it had been designed to deceive the buyer, and had been cleverly weighted, with two holes bored into the side, into which high purity cocaine had been placed.
Firth has now been hit with a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act for £60,609.50 - made up the cash seized at the time, an Audi car and money in a bank account.