Bristol drug dealer sent back to prison after just one month
A convicted drug dealer has been sent back to prison less than a month after his release - after not paying a confiscation order.
In October 2010 Damien Ramsey, aged 40 and of Riverside Way, Hanham, was jailed for five years and four months for converting his house into a drugs factory where he grew cannabis to sell to street dealers along with thousands of pounds worth of cocaine.
He also pleaded guilty to illegally having a knuckle duster, two cans of CS pepper spray and to stealing electricity to power the cannabis factory, but also for his hot tub and a garden fish pond.
In a hearing at Bristol, Crown Court, His Honour Judge Horton also ordered Ramsey to pay £550,000 within six months or serve five more years in prison. Ramsey was later allowed until October 14 2011 to pay the full amount.
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However, On Friday, Magistrates at North Somerset Court heard that Ramsey, who was released from prison last month after serving half his sentence, had not made any serious attempts to sell his luxury yacht - valued at £220,000 - and that a total of £454,243.04 including interest was still outstanding.
The Magistrates found 'culpable neglect' to pay this amount and activated the default sentence, sending Ramsey back to prison for over four years.
"The Proceeds of Crime Act is powerful legislation," explained Dr Kirstie Cogram, manager of Avon & Somerset Financial Investigation Unit.
"In the early stages the Crown Court makes a Restraint Order to freeze assets while we investigate, then the Crown Court makes a Confiscation Order identifying all the defendant's assets and giving them time to pay.
"If they fail to pay the enforcement court uses all its powers to make them pay."