Drug dealer force to pay back heroin profits

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A DRUG pusher who made thousands of pounds from heroin has been ordered to pay back the cash.

Richard Caldwell, previously of Knaton Road, Carlton-in-Lindrick, is serving a four-year jail term after admitting possession with intent to supply heroin in April.

He was ordered to repay the cash he made from drugs under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Nottingham Crown Court found the 35-year-old made £10,198.65 from his criminal lifestyle.

Property seized from his home was estimated to be worth £2,157, leaving him owing in excess of £8,000.

He had already forfeited a total of £8,041.25 following a hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court in February.

PC John Graham, who led the case, said: “Caldwell’s sentence does not end on his release from prison. He will be in the red, and will continue to pay for his crimes financially, until he has settled his debt.

“We don’t just pursue offenders to the point of criminal conviction, we also sting them financially to ensure they enjoy absolutely no benefit from their illegal activities.

“If ever there was an example that crime does not pay, this is it.”

Caldwell was initially arrested in November 2010 after police raided his home. Heroin with an estimated street value of £3,000 was seized along with drugs paraphernalia and about £6,000 in cash and property.