A convicted drug dealer has been ordered to payback more than £100,000 of his ill-gotten gains.
Ryan Duddy was found to have made more than £104,000 from his criminal activities by the Minshull Street Crown Court earlier this month.
The 22-year-old drug dealer, of Hamilton Street Stalybridge was jailed for 2 years after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis, being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis, and possession of criminal property.
He has been ordered to pay back £21,450 within 3 months, or face another 13 months in prison, after which he would still have to pay that amount. Furthermore, Greater Manchester Police can seek further assets of Duddy’s at anytime – up to the full value of £104,000.
Duddy has also been ordered to sell his house, car and forfeit all of his savings in order to meet the payment.
Detective Sergeant Joe Harrop, of the Tameside Challenger Organised Crime Team said, “We have once again shown that crime does not pay.
“Duddy may have thought that his incarceration was the end of his punishment, but Greater Manchester Police will always look to ensure that convicted people do not profit from their offending”.
He also emphasised the communication needed between the police and members of the public in order to ensure many more arrests like these take place, he said, “This operation has come about thanks to some intelligence received from members of the public, and I would like to thank those people who contribute to making their communities safe.
“Our officers work tirelessly to ensure that our communities are free from drug dealing and organised crime, but we need the public’s help to do that most effectively”.
TNT News Rami Mwamba