|Drug dealer £200,000 worse off
Guilty - Anthony Seddon
A drug dealer from Wigan is £200,000 worse off following a proceeds of crime hearing.
Anthony Seddon, 18/09/63, of Amar Street was found guilty of possession with intent to supply a class A drug, possession with intent to supply a class C drug, possession of a stun gun and money laundering. In January 2009 Seddon was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison.
£160,000 cash and cocaine and cannabis worth tens of thousands of pounds was found after police searched two houses on Amar Street, Higher Ince, as part of Operation Alligator on Tuesday 20 May 2008.
£126,038.63 cash was seized from Seddon's home and this has already been forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime Act but Seddon appealed this.
Under a confiscation order heard at Liverpool Crown Court today, Wednesday 7 October 2009, Seddon's appeal against the forfeiture was rejected. He was also ordered to pay back £73,620.31 that he was found to have made from drug dealing.
He was ordered to pay the money back within six months or face a further 18months in prison.
If Seddon does not pay he will serve the additional prison sentence and would still owe the money on his release from prison and his assets would be seized to satisfy the order.
Financial Investigator Ian Horrocks, said: "Seddon gained considerable wealth through his criminal activities.
"Not only is he facing many years behind bars but today he is almost two hundred thousand pounds worse off.
"Seizing cash using the legislation available under the Proceeds of Crime Act is essential if we are going to prevent crime from taking place and disrupt criminal behaviour.
"This result once again demonstrates our commitment to pursue those who benefit financially from crime. It also sends out a clear message to criminals that legislation will be used at every opportunity to support traditional investigations and give the public the justice they deserve."