Three men involved in a large-scale cocaine dealing operation run from upmarket flats in Leeds are having their ill-gotten gains stripped from them.
Officers from the Leeds District Operation Quartz, a specialist team tackling gun and drug crime, recovered more than £400,000 worth of cocaine, ketamine and ecstasy tablets when they raided three addresses last year in a targeted operation.
Hydraulic presses used in the production of drugs and £100,000 in cash was also recovered along with 80kg of cutting agents which illustrated the industrial scale of the operation.
In June last year, Michael Lacy, 31, of Meadow Road, Bradford, was jailed for eight years, Mark Anthony Kilgallon, 30, of Otley Road, Leeds, and Rory James Naughton, 31, of Birkdale Drive, Alwoodley, were each jailed for six years for their parts in the scheme.
Court action under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 followed the convictions and saw specialist financial investigators looking into their financial affairs to uncover the extent to which they have benefitted from their crimes.
That financial investigation resulted in confiscation orders being granted against Lacy,
Kilgallon and Naughton at Leeds Crown Court. Lacy was found to have benefited by £647,522 and was ordered to pay an available amount of £340,332.
He faces a further four years custody as default if he fails to pay.
Naughton was found to have benefited by £56,267 and was ordered to pay an available £1,180. Kilgallon was found to have benefitted by £28,017 and was ordered to pay an available £4,932.
Lacy, who had the lead role in the criminal enterprise, acquired ten properties in six years, buying some outright and others with substantial deposits.
He rented these out to provide him with a further stream of income and provide a veneer of legitimacy.
Det Insp Jaz Khan, who heads the Quartz and POCA teams, said: “Lacy lived a lavish, cash-rich lifestyle funded by an illegal operation which saw Class A drugs being produced and supplied to dealers on an industrial scale. He was assisted in that by Naughton and Kilgallon who also made considerable sums.
“Drugs cause significant damage both to the lives of individuals and to our communities where they fuel crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Those who make it their business to deal in drugs will not only lose their freedom but they will also lose the ill-gotten gains they have generated.
“We hope this investigation will send out a clear deterrent message to others who are involved in the supply of drugs.
“Officers from the Quartz Team will continue target these offenders and our POCA Team will work alongside them to keep taking the cash out of crime.”