Sunderland drug dealer who lived lavish lifestyle in manor house must pay back more cash

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A CONVICTED drug dealer has been ordered to pay back more money.

Brian Ferguson lived a life of luxury, using cash from his drug-dealing empire to build a three-storey “manor house” at The Fold, near Doxford Park, complete with panic room.

It was kitted out with luxury furnishings, including a grand piano.

But after he was convicted on drugs conspiracy charges and jailed for 10 years in 2009, Ferguson was ordered to pay back £441,915.56 of the £587,000 he made through his crimes. He has since been released from prison.

Now, the case has been back up at Newcastle Crown Court after the 49-year-old’s assets raised more money than originally expected.

Receivers have already made the £441,915 originally sought through the proceeds of crime order – plus a further £7,000.

The prosecution therefore asked for the order to be varied to make his assets worth £509,389, which will enable the receivers to sell the rest. The remaining assets are two properties, valued at £30,000 each and a vehicle.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: “Matters were put into the hands of the receiver to basically try and sell the items subject to restraint order.

“In fact, that available amount of £441, 915 has been realised, with a surplus £7,174. There are items still to be disposed of.”

Mr Recorder Little agreed to vary the proceeds of crime order.

Ferguson was gunned down by a mystery attacker during a planned “hit” in the garden of his home in July 2009. He recovered from the shooting but later became the centre of an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Ferguson’s wife, Katie, was convicted of entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering arrangement with her husband between August 2005 and January 2007 and false accounting after a three-week trial.

She was also convicted of entering false information on a mortgage application form in 2006.

Ferguson’s manor house, along with other properties in Dean Street and Stockton Terrace, both in Sunderland, and barns and land he owned at Dalton-le-dale, Seaham, were all confiscated as part of the original order.