Butcher to repay cash from drugs

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH butcher who for months had a secret life as a drug dealer has been ordered to hand over £26,000.

Kevin Smith, 33, appeared before York Crown Court for a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

David Garnett, prosecuting, told the court that it had been calculated Smith, of Barrowcliff Road, had made £50,411.06 from his criminal behaviour.

He added that it had also been established that Smith, who lives with his sister and is a carer for his mother, had assets amounting to £26,360.69, and a confiscation order in that amount was made by Judge Roger Ibbotson.

Smith was given 28 days to hand over the assets, being told that a failure to comply would result in a 13 month prison sentence over and above any other sentences he was serving.

The young butcher, who had worked at the same firm for 15 years, was originally received a suspended sentence for the offence.

At a hearing before the York court on February 17, Mr Garnett told the court that, after buying valium tablets on the internet, the defendant made thousands of pounds worth of profit in six months.

The court heard that police officers executing a search warrant at Smith’s home in September, last year, found £12,740 worth of tablets and £4,885 in cash stuffed in a shirt pocket in a wardrobe.

The defendant had been purchasing valium via the internet and then supplying it to known heroin users in the Scarborough area.

Smith had previously admitted one charge each of supplying the drug, possession of the tablets and possession of criminal property - the cash - and received a 51 week prison sentence, suspended for two years, with an order to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, told the February hearing that, apart from a motoring offence, Smith had been of previous good character and had work as a butcher for the same firm for 15 years.

She agreed on behalf of her client with the figures Smith was ordered to pay at this week’s hearing.