Frome drug dealer to pay £32k from crimes
A convicted drug dealer from Frome who was caught with more than £27,000 worth of cocaine he had picked up in a Radstock pub is counting the cost of his illegal activity.
Clinton Martin, 45, of New Road, was ordered to pay £32,370 at a confiscation hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday.
On March 21 the car he was driving was stopped in a cul-de-sac at the rear of New Road under the Misuse of Drugs Act and officers discovered he had a small lump of cocaine hidden in his sock.
He was arrested and a further bag of cocaine he had picked up from a pub in Radstock was discovered in the boot of the car.
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More than 400g of cocaine was seized with a street value of £27,285.
On March 22 Martin was charged with possession with intent to supply. He was convicted at Bristol Crown Court of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply on June 1 and on June 28 was jailed for two years and ten months.
Martin re-appeared at Bristol Crown Court on Thursday for a confiscation order hearing at which it was stated he had benefited to the value of £32,370.
He was given six months to pay the order and told that if it was not paid at the end of the term he would have to serve a further six weeks in prison and would still owe the money afterwards.
Martin gave written consent to pay £480, held by police, to be paid over immediately. He also gave written consent for £30,083.34 held in a restrained building society account to be paid over immediately.
Dr Kirstie Cogram, head of Avon and Somerset police's financial investigation unit, said: "I hope this result reassures residents that crime does not pay. One in seven people know someone living off the proceeds of crime."
Dr Cogram encouraged anyone who suspects people of drug dealing to call the police on 101.