Leeds dealer ordered to pay back drug cash

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A DRUG dealer jailed after being caught with heroin worth £100,000 has been ordered to pay back just over £800 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Curtis Junior Dhers was jailed for eight years in February this year after he was caught with a major haul of the class A drug in his car in Leeds.

Dhers, 27, tried to ram a police car when he was stopped on Claypit Lane and officers had to use a taser on him before arresting him

The Vauxhall Corsa was searched and in the front passenger footwell three compressed blocks of brown powder were found which turned out to be 1.49 kilogrammes of heroin over 50 per cent pure.

The average purity in West Yorkshire is 33 per cent and depending whether it was later adulterated or not it would be worth between £30,000 to £100,000.

The officers initially decided to follow Dhers after spotting an exchange between him and a taxi driver in Bradford, on January 14 this year.

Officers also recovered two mobile phones and Latex gloves in the car and two mobile phones were found on Dhers. Dhers, of Francis Street, Chapeltown, was handed the lengthy sentence after pleading guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.

He was liable for a minimum sentence because of previous convictions for supplying crack cocaine and heroin in 2005 and in 2010 for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Dhers was returned to Leeds Crown Court to face a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said Dhers’s overall benefit as a result of his criminal conduct was £76,739.

Miss Pearson said Dhers had just £821 of assets. That sum is made up from cash found on him at the time of the arrest and a small amount of money in his bank account.

Dhers was ordered to pay the sum within three months or face an extension to his sentence.

Sentencing Dhers at the earlier hearing, Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “The supply of Class A drugs is an evil and wicked trade which brings misery to those addicted to it. The courts day in, day out, deal with people who rob, burgle and steal in order to fund their habits.”