Drug dealer ordered to pay out £25,000
A CONVICTED drug dealer has been ordered to pay almost £25,000.
Joe Bath, 23, of Connaught Road, Knowle, was ordered to pay up at a confiscation hearing at Bristol Crown Court.
Bath was jailed for six years in May after admitting possessing 164 wraps of cocaine with intent to supply and a further offence of conspiracy to supply heroin.
Following a financial investigation, a confiscation hearing was held on Wednesday to decide which assets he had accrued from his criminal activity.
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He was found to have benefited to the value of £25,750 and was found to have assets valued at £24,921.79. This included cash seized by police during the search of the home of one of his relatives and money held in his bank account.
Bath has six months to pay the order. Failure to pay will result in him serving a further prison sentence of 12 months, after which he will still be required to pay the money.
Kirstie Cogram, manager of Avon and Somerset police's financial investigation unit said: "We are committed to seizing any assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime.
"It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their money is taken. By doing this we show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime."