Payback time for Sunderland drug dealers

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A NOTORIOUS father and daughter drug-dealing team who supplied drugs to fund their luxury lifestyle have been ordered to pay back £364,626.

Stuart Mottram, better known as Benny the Brick, and daughter Sharon Mottram, known as Sharon Stone, created a family business through their criminal activities.

Last July, 66-year-old Mottram, of Orchard House, Belford Street, was put behind bars for two years for conspiracy to supply cocaine after police raided an industrial estate premises in Pallion. There detectives discovered 10 wraps of crack cocaine.

Even as they searched the unit, customers turned up in the hope of buying drugs.

The infamous dealer has now been ordered to pay back £1,226 following a case at Newcastle Crown Court.

Daughter Sharon, 42, of Azalea Terrace South, also admitted her role last July when she pleaded guilty to six counts of obtaining money transfer by deception, one count of fraud, three counts of money laundering and being concerned in the supply of class A controlled drugs.

During a raid at Sharon’s home, officers found a Kinder Egg containing 14.6g of crack cocaine worth about £1,400. It was 59 per cent pure.

She was sentenced to 21 weeks in prison but walked free because of the time spent remanded in custody.

This week, she was ordered to pay back £363,400.

Police today welcomed the court move to claw back cash from the family following their convictions.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Kearton, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “We’re determined to make criminals pay for their criminal activity and make sure they’re stripped of the lifestyle that has been bought through immoral earnings.

“It’s simply not right that they should be living from the proceeds of back of crime when honest people work hard to make a living and we will make sure that they pay financially.

“Someone doesn’t have to be living lavishly to be benefiting from crime and we’d urge anyone who thinks they know someone who is making a living out of criminal activity to contact police.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.