Bracknell drug dealer must pay back more than £21kBy Becky Barnes
October 02, 2012
A drug dealer was ordered to pay back more than £21,000 after police seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs, an imitation firearm and cash.
Frank Sines, 44, of Boole Heights, Bracknell, was jailed for 30 months on August 6 and was ordered to pay back the amount at a cash forfeiture hearing at Reading Crown Court last Thursday.
Sines was arrested at the home of Dino Defazio in Hazeldene, Chieveley, near Reading, on May 26, 2011 and police seized nearly £20,000 of drugs in the boot of his hired BMW.
Officers found 'skunk' cannabis, cocaine and mephedrone plus other items indicative of drug dealing activity and took a further quantity of cash from his pocket.
A search of his home in Bracknell revealed seven bars of cannabis resin, an imitation firearm and more cash.
Sines pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property in relation to the cash, possession with intent to supply class B drugs, and possession of a firearm.
He pleaded not guilty to several charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, and these charges will remain on file.
Phillip Croxson, financial investigator from the economic crime unit, said: “The Proceeds of Crime legislation is a powerful tool to remove criminal property earned from drug dealing and other forms of crime. By removing cash from circulation, there is a disruptive element as well as a deterrent impact on criminals operating within the community.”