Drug dealer told to pay back £100,000

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A CONVICTED drug dealer has been ordered to pay back £100,000 of ill-gotten gains.

On July 24, 2009, officers raided a house in Rowan Avenue, Harraton, where they discovered cannabis growing in one of the rooms.

A total of 82 plants were seized and officers found a host of cultivating equipment used to grow the drugs.

On October 26, 2009, David Paul Harewood, 46, was charged with production of cannabis. He was convicted in May 2010.

He was given a suspended prison sentence and officers launched an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act to claw back cash he earned through his criminal lifestyle.

This week, Sunderland magistrates found he earned £109,511 through criminal activity and he was ordered to pay it back.

If he doesn’t pay back the cash within six months, he faces up to 25 months behind bars and will still owe the money.

Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Orchard, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Financial outcomes can be as much of a deterrent as going to jail.

“Anyone found making money from drugs or any other types of crime will be caught and will be dealt with appropriately by the courts.

“This confiscation order clearly demonstrates that crime does not pay.”