Jailed Leeds drug deal duo ordered to hand over cash

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A convicted drug dealer from Leeds has been ordered to hand over cash gained from his criminal conduct.

James Christian Deegan, of Hornbeam Way, Whinmoor, was jailed for a year in June for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

He and fellow dealer Richard George Oldroyd, from York, were caught after police raided a cannabis farm in Tockwith, North Yorkshire, last year.

Officers found plants with an estimated potential value of more than £350,000.

Oldroyd, 36, was jailed for 30 months after admitting producing and supplying cannabis and money laundering.

At a proceeds of crime hearing last week 37-year-old Deegan was found to have benefited from his crimes to the tune of about £26,000.

He was ordered to repay £1,270 – the total value of his current assets.

Oldroyd was judged to have made about £120,000 from dealing, which he used to buy designer watches, a diamond ring and personalised number plates.

He was ordered to repay £12,385.

Both men have been given three months to repay the amount or face further time in jail. The amounts they have been ordered to repay will remain outstanding until the pair pay up – and any future earnings could also be seized.

Investigator Katharine Wells, of North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said: “This is a clear message to the criminal world that crime does not pay and the law will catch up with you.

“The Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to hit criminals in 
their pocket – where it hurts the most.

“Although the amount ordered to repay is a fraction of the amount the pair benefited from, they will remain liable to pay the full amount of their illegally earned income from any future assets.

“If you suspect anyone of living off illegal earnings, please do not hesitate to call the police, we will take action.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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