Drug dealer ordered to hand over £1,907 assets

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A Stamford man jailed for drug dealing has had his assets seized on the orders of a judge.

Peter Ford,50, was given a three and a half year sentence earlier this month after Lincoln Crown Court heard how he continued to sell cocaine even after police raided his bedsit.

At a confiscation hearing at Lincoln Crown Court, judge Michael Heath ruled that Ford’s benefit from his crimes was £2,655.

The judge ordered the confiscation of Ford’s available assets of £1,907. Some of the money was seized by police when Ford was arrested, with the remainder held in his Barclays Bank account.

Ford was given two months to hand over the money or face spending a further seven days jail in default. He would still owe the debt.

Ford, of Meadow View, Bath Row, previously admitted supplying a Class A drug between May 31 and June 22 last year. He also pleaded guilty to having a prohibited weapon and possessing cannabis and crack-cocaine for personal use and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Police recovered a stun gun, more than £1,000 in cash and small amounts of crack-cocaine and cannabis during a search of Ford’s home in June last year.

When officers returned to the house and carried out a second search a month later they discovered a further 29 bags of cocaine in a box and £400.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the total weight of the cocaine seized in the second raid was just over 21 grams which was divided into individual deals.

Ford later admitted supplying cocaine to small number of known drug users to fund his own crack-cocaine habit. He admitted receiving the stun gun in payment for drugs.

The court was told Ford turned to drugs after losing his job as a metal turner when it was out-sourced to Eastern Europe.