A father and son convicted of running a drug dealing operation from their home are being stripped of their ill-gotten gains.
Gary Coleman was jailed for five years and four months last year for supplying cocaine and cannabis and his son Callum received a two-year suspended sentence.
Confiscations orders were made against the pair at Leeds Crown Court following a financial investigation by Leeds District Proceeds of Crime Act Team.
The court ruled that Gary Coleman had benefited by £42,816 from his crimes and he was given seven days to pay that amount or receive a further 15 months in prison. Callum Coleman was found to have benefitted £4,820 and was ordered to pay £2,250 – the value of his car – within two months or receive a 45-day sentence.
They were arrested in October 2012 when neighbourhood officers executed a warrant at the address in Roker Lane, Pudsey, Leeds as part of a week of action focusing on Proceeds of Crime Act offences. A search of the property uncovered cocaine and six large bags of cannabis. A large amount of cash was seized from a wooden treasure chest in a bedroom and other amounts of money were found elsewhere in the house. A total of £42,816 in cash was recovered.
When interviewed both men admitted their part in the drug dealing operation with Gary Coleman organising the buying and selling of drugs via phone and Callum playing a lesser role delivering drugs to people for ‘pocket money’.
Det Insp Jaz Khan, of Leeds District POCA Team, said: “It should stand as a clear warning to others who are living a life funded by criminality. We will continue to actively target these people, take them off the streets, and then pursue them through the courts to seize any assets they have gained from crime.