A DRUG dealer who with members of his family ran a cannabis production gang in Sheffield has been ordered to pay back £278,000 of his ill-gotten gains.
Shakeel Afsar, aged 31, from Moor Way, Swallownest, his girlfriend Praphatsorn Wacharaluecha, 28, and his brother Shabbir Afsar, 30, were jailed last year for a total of eight years, three months, for producing six kilos – £56,000 worth – of skunk, the most potent form of cannabis.
At a confiscation hearing earlier this year Shakeel Afsar’s partner Wacharaluecha, also from Moor Way, was ordered to pay back £10,875 – while his brother, of Industry Road, Darnall, was ordered to pay back £932. Both are currently serving prison sentences of 15 months and three years respectively.
Shakeel Afsar, who is serving four years, must pay back the money within six months or face another three years in prison. It takes the total amount seized by police from the trio to £290,207.
Graham Wragg, head of the South Yorkshire Police economic crime unit, said: “Criminals who profit from crime will be made to pay back that profit or face further terms of imprisonment.”
At the original trial, the court heard the trio grew skunk at addresses in Industry Road and Harney Close, Darnall.
The properties were raided by police after officers investigating a report of assault discovered the drugs.
Police found 43 plants, hydroponic equipment, and bundles of cash totalling £119,000 around the house in Harney Close.
Shakeel Afsar was locked up for conspiracy to supply cannabis, possessing criminal property and transferring criminal property.
Wacharaluecha was jailed for conspiracy to supply the drug and possession of criminal property. Shabbir Afsar was jailed for conspiracy to supply.
Police said some of the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act would go back into the community, to fund local initiatives through the South Yorkshire Community Foundation.