09:00 - 08 April 2008

A Convicted drug dealer has been ordered to pay more than 44,000 within six months or face a longer jail sentence.

Dene Richardson, 44, was convicted in January of possessing amphetamine with intent to supply and two charges of possessing criminal property.

Police had found more than 6,000 of the drug, 3,855 in cash and a large amount of stolen property at his home in Dukeries Crescent, Worksop, in May last year.

He was jailed for four years and three months at Nottingham Crown Court, which has now ruled that he has benefited from crime to the sum of 44,118.

If Richardson does not pay the full amount within six months he will face a further 18 months in jail.

Chief Superintendent David Colbeck said: "This was a joint investigation by local officers and Notts Police Asset Confiscation Unit.

"The result is a clear indication of how, using our powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act, offenders are made to pay for their involvement in criminality.

"If you suspect somebody is living beyond their means and you suspect they could be involved in criminality, you should report it to the police."

Nottingham Evening Post