A drug dealer from Banbury has been ordered to pay back nearly £40,000 following an investigation into his finances.
Abdul Hanif, 32, of Bretch Hill, was sentenced on January 7 of this year after pleading guilty to possessing controlled drugs with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.
A subsequent investigation into his finances led to a confiscation hearing which was held at Oxford Crown Court last Thursday.
It heard Hanif had been the co-owner of a house between 1999 and 2008, which was then transferred into the names of other family members. He also had two bank accounts, into which he had paid a large number of unexplained credits, most of which were in cash.
Although he claimed the cash represented money earned legitimately, the sums involved were not consistent with the modest amounts of genuine income that had been revealed by other enquiries.
Despite witnesses supporting his claim he never contributed to the upkeep of the house, the court found he did have a beneficial interest in the property. Phillip Croxson, financial investigator in the economic crime unit of Thames Valley Police, said: “Those who live on the proceeds of crime must face up to the fact they can lose everything they have and that the consequences of criminal conduct go well beyond the risk of going to prison for their crimes.”
Hanif was ordered to pay a confiscation order of £39,563 within six months, otherwise he will face a prison sentence of 18 months and will still have to pay the money.