Dealer ordered to pay back money

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A DEALER caught with drugs during three police raids in just three months has been ordered to pay back more than £1,000.

Police found £1,000 worth of cannabis when they searched Michael Kerr’s home in May last year.

Officers found more of the Class B drug when they went back to the house in July and more again in August.

In February this year, Kerr, of The Drive, Usworth, Washington, was jailed for nine months.

Now, following a proceeds of crime hearing (poca), Kerr has been ordered to pay back £1,057.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland told Newcastle Crown Court that Kerr had been convicted of possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of cannabis and was then pursued by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Mr Rowland said: “The available amount in this case is £1,715.

“That relates to £215 in cash held by Northumbria Police and the value of a Yamaha motorcycle valued £1,500.”

Nicholas Lane, defending, said Kerr has agreed for the £215 being held by the police to be confiscated immediately.

Mr Lane said Kerr, who is on benefits, would like to keep the bike.

He added; “He would like time to find other ways to pay the money back.”

Judge Deborah Sherwin said the balance of £842 should be paid within six months.

The judge told Kerr: “You are liable to 30 days’ imprisonment in default.”

Police found 100g of cannabis, worth around £1,000, along with £515 in cash and a small amount of amphetamine hidden behind a clock when they raided Kerr’s home the first time last year.

When officers went back in July, they found 13g, worth around £130 and 9.5g, worth around £95, during the last raid in August.

Kerr admitted possessing the cannabis with intent to supply and possession of the amphetamine. Nicholas Lane, defending, said Kerr turned to dealing after he lost his job at Nissan when he failed a medical due to his poor eyesight.