West Yorkshire drug traffikers must repay £59,000

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Two drug traffickers have been ordered to pay a total of nearly £59,000 after Confiscation Orders were made against them.

Neil Moore, 48, of Peterhouse Drive, Otley, who was jailed for five years at Leeds Crown Court in April last for growing cannabis, was made the subject of a Confiscation Order for 58,097.14 at Leeds Crown Court after an investigation by the North West Leeds Police Proceeds of Crime Team.

He was given five months to pay 13,500 to the courts or face an additional nine months jail.

When Moore was originally sentenced the court heard that he was arrested after police officers with a search warrant raided commercial premises in Leeds Road,Otley, on March 12 2009 and found a cannabis growing operation valued in excess of 54,000.

It was calculated Moore's total benefit from crime was 58,097.14p and the difference between that figure and the money he is able to pay at present will remain outstanding for life or for as long as it remains unpaid.

The order can be revisited at any point and if any assets are identified they can be used to settle the order, even if those assets have been obtained legitimately.

Alexander James Robinson, 21,of Greenacre Park,Rawdon, who on December 15 was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to do 150 hours unpaid work afterbeing convicted of possession with intent to supply Class A, B and C drugs. After a Proceeds of Crime investigation he was also made the subject of a Confiscation Order for 700 and was required to pay the amount in full to the courts within 28 days or face seven days imprisonment.

Insp Richard Coldwell of the North West Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team (covering Adel & Wharfedale, Guiseley & Rawdon, Horsforth, Otley & Yeadon: said: "These are all fantastic results following lengthy investigations and we should ensure that we celebrate such results with the local community."

There are people living off the proceeds of crime and the police target them through its "Why Should They?" campaign. If you have useful information contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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