A drug dealer from Stamford who was jailed after he was caught running a “thriving business” has been told to hand over his assets or face a longer prison term.
Michael Forsyth received a three-year prison sentence in Febuary after admitting supplying cocaine and cannabis.
A hearing at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday was told Forsyth’s benefit from his crimes was £17,159 but his only available assets are worth £916.
Recorder Timothy Spencer QC approved an order that the available assets should be confiscated.
Forsyth was given six months to pay or he faces a further 28 days in prison.
A hearing last month was told Forsyth was trapped by dozens of text messages relating to drug dealing which were found on mobile phones discovered when police raided his flat in Stamford.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, told the court: “This defendant is a street dealer of Class A and Class B drugs. He was dealing in cocaine and cannabis.
“It was a thriving business.”
He added: “A number of unidentified cash deposits were made into the bank account of this defendant totalling £9,000 over three months.
“It was a well-organised enterprise.”
Forsyth, 30, of St Leonards Street, Stamford, admitted possession of cannabis with intent to supply on July 14, 2012.
He also admitted supplying both cannabis and cocaine.
Neil Sands, defending, said that Forsyth had briefly sold drugs in 2009 but returned to dealing to help pay his bills.
“He was not funding a luxury lifestyle.
“He was living in a modest ground floor flat.
“It was a sense of relief for him when he was caught.”