Men must repay money from drug dealing
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Two men, who made more than £370,000 by bringing guns and Class A drugs into a Northamptonshire estate, have been ordered to pay back their criminal profits.
An investigation by East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) found Liam Tinsdeall and Sharif St John plotted to supply at least £10,000-worth of heroin and crack cocaine into the Hemmingwell estate in Wellingborough between October 2016 and April 2017.
Tinsdeall, aged 29, also used a neighbour’s back garden to hide two handguns.
St John, formerly of Grasmere Green in Wellingborough, was jailed for five years in 2018, while Tinsdeall, formerly of Henshaw Road in Wellingborough, received 11 years, eight months.
Following further enquiries by Northamptonshire Police into the pair’s finances, they were ordered to repay their ill-gotten gains.
At Northampton Crown Court on Friday 6 September 2019 Tinsdeall was given a Confiscation Order, having benefitted by £350,000 through his criminality. He was ordered to pay £23,640 within three months, or face an extra nine months in jail.
At a previous hearing, 22-year-old St John was found to have benefitted by £21,593.87 and ordered to repay £2,410.09.
EMSOU Investigator Victoria Stather said: “Liam Tinsdeall and Sharif St John brought considerable risk and harm to the residents of Wellingborough and beyond with their criminal activity.
“Through the Proceeds of Crime Act we can ensure that, as well as paying the price with their freedom, serious and organised criminals also repay any money they made through their offending, all of which is returned to policing to fund crime-fighting community projects.”