A convicted drug dealer has been forced to sell up his home so that he can pay a confiscation order.
In 2018, David Cuffin from Holyhead was jailed for his part in a multi-million pound racket involving heroin and cocaine.
He is currently serving a sentence of six years and nine months.
North Wales Police said Cuffin (44) was the storeman for the gang – around £2.7 million worth of drugs was found at his Ponthwfa Terrace home by Operation Zeus detectives.
At an earlier court hearing, it emerged Cuffin had around £24,400 to his name, but he’s now been ordered to sell his address to meet a Proceeds of Crime Act order.
Jessica Cunnah, a North Wales Police financial investigator, said: ”These drug dealers made a substantial amount of money through their illegal business so it is only right that they are made to pay for their actions and return their ill-gotten gains.”
”It has taken a great deal of tenacity and attention to detail to obtain confiscation orders that allows the recovery of their assets.”
”North Wales Police is committed to seizing and confiscating assets from those who benefit from any criminality, in particular drug trafficking in our communities.”
”The laundering of proceeds of crime is a key enabler of the most serious and organised crime. By targeting criminal finances including their homes we can disrupt criminal operations and deny them their ill-gotten wealth and status.”
”The Proceeds of Crime Act is a vital piece of legislation that helps us achieve this end. It prevents criminals from continuing to reap the benefits of their illegal activities even after they have been arrested, charged and sent to prison.”
”We will continue to take action against convicted criminals to prove that crime really does not pay, and you may lose more than your liberty if you deal drugs in North Wales.”
27 people were convicted and sentenced to a total of nearly 183 years in jail for their involvement in the drug gang, which stretched across the North Wales Coast and over the border into north west England.