A DRUG dealer who peddled cocaine in Blackpool has been ordered to pay back £46,000.
David Boyle, 46, of Cherry Tree Road, Marton, was jailed for four years in January after being convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and money laundering.
Officers had executed a warrant at his home in September and discovered £11,000 cash and a kilo of the class A drug.
A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing was held at Preston Crown Court and a confiscation order was made against Boyle on the basis he had benefited to the amount of £237,601.64 as a result of his criminality.
He was ordered to pay £46,370.57 within six months or face a further 15 months imprisonment.
The figure was based on Boyle’s available assets, including the seized £11,000, two high value cars and his share in a jointly owned property.
Financial investigator Alan Todd, Lancashire Police said: “Boyle’s cars and property show that he was using the money he had made by selling drugs to fund a lifestyle that would otherwise have been beyond his means – and now these things have been taken from him.
“If we become aware that Boyle has any other assets in the future then these will also be taken from him until the full amount of his criminal benefit is repaid.
“It is not right criminals should profit from their offending or live a lifestyle that is funded by crime.
“We will do everything we can to investigate the finances of people who we have reasonable suspicion could have obtained money illegally and then work with the courts to confiscate this cash.”