Dealer is ordered to pay back £104,000

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A MAN jailed for running a drug dealing hotline is being stripped of £104,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Anh Hoang was jailed for 11 years in September last year following an investigation by officers from the Leeds district’s specialist drugs team, Operation Quartz.

Hoang, 35, of Talbot Avenue, Moortown, Leeds, lived a lavish lifestyle on money generated from a drugs supply network known locally as the Yella Line or Tom Line, which supplied heroin and crack cocaine in north-east Leeds through a team of street dealers.

Hoang returned to Leeds Crown Court to face a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and was given 90 days to pay £104,683.89 or receive an additional 18 months in prison.

Police have already sold off four of his cars, including an Audi TT RS, and are due to make up the rest of the sum with the sale of other items including his Rolex watch.

At the same hearing, a Serious Crime Prevention Order was granted against him under the Serious Crime Act 2007 – the first time such an order has been used in a Leeds Quartz case.

The order means that for five years following his release from prison he will be under a number of restrictions which if he breaches he can be sent back to jail for up to five years.

These include restrictions on how much cash he can possess, his access to communication devices such as mobile phones as well as conditions of having to notify the police of any vehicle he owns, controls or hires or any premises he owns or has access to.

He is also barred from associating with named individuals.

Supt Pat Twiggs, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “Those measures will prevent him from setting up another drugs operation on his release or see him sent back to prison if he breaches any of the restrictions. It should send a clear deterrent message to others who think they can get away with dealing drugs.”


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