Crawley man forced to pay remaining £30k he made in drug gang

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A 41-year-old man has been forced to pay the remaining £30,177 he made from drug trafficking in Crawley.

Nazir Ahmed, 41, of Cotton Walk, Broadfield, made the payment after police provided evidence of his assets to a court.

Det Supt Craig Dibdin, head of South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), said: “This order shows that there is no hiding place for criminals, or for the proceeds of their offending.

“This has been a lengthy investigation, with work between SEROCU and Sussex officers playing a key part in order to secure a successful conclusion.”

Ahmed was sentenced to 20-months’ imprisonment after he failed to pay an outstanding confiscation order in March.

The order related to his conviction in July 2011 for drug trafficking offences in the Crawley area in 2010 which followed a Sussex Police investigation.

A court in August 2012 made a confiscation order against him after finding he had benefited from his crimes in the sum of £110,667 and had assets available to him in the sum of £80,490.

The court gave Ahmed until August 2013 to pay this order, which he failed to do and as a result the enforcement of his confiscation order was referred to the Enforcement Court.

The case first appeared before the court in November 2014 due to the sale of the assets falling through. SEROCU’s Asset Confiscation & Enforcement Team (ACET) took a proactive role in obtaining information around proposed house sales and updating the court with the information obtained, said a spokesman.

The property was sold in August, resulting in full payment of the confiscation being made.

The spokesman said: “A further application to the Crown Court was made by ACET requesting that the original Confiscation Order be uplifted by a further £30,177, as further funds had been identified by ACET as being held by Ahmed. As a result, Ahmed consented to this order being made and full payment has now been received, depriving Ahmed of his total criminal benefit.”

Ahmed was a member of an elaborate nationwide drug-dealing conspiracy led by a Broadfield career criminal.

Fourteen people – including seven from Crawley – were convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Birmingham Crown Court in 2011.

Ahmed was convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis and jailed for five years.

At the time Chief Inspector Steve Curry said: “Crawley and surrounding areas are safer places now that they have been brought to justice.”

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