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Drug dealer told to pay £1 by court
8:10am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN unemployed father-of-three who turned to drug dealing to raise cash for Christmas has been ordered to hand over just £1 of his ill gotten gains.
Daniel Knowles profited from his illicit trade in cannabis to the tune of more than £7,000.
But because the unemployed 23-year-old has no assets of value and is still in prison serving an eight month sentence a judge made the nominal order.
However it means should Knowles come into money in the future he could be pursued by the authorities for the rest of the cash.
Judge Douglas Field ruled that he benefitted from crime by £7,020 but only had £1 of realisable assets.
He gave him a week to hand over the money or face a further seven days tacked on to the end of his sentence.
Knowles set up in business selling cannabis to top up his benefits over the festive period last year.
But the police got wind of what he was doing and when they raided his home they found almost £1,750 worth of the drug.
Police went to his Walcot home when he was out on Friday, December 14 last year and when he arrived soon after he showed officers a number of quantities of drugs.
He had four containers, each with about an ounce of cannabis inside, as well as a number of smaller amounts of herbal matter. When he was questioned a few days later he said one quantity of the drugs he had were worth £240 while the rest totalled £1,500.
He accepted he was a street dealer in cannabis, which he referred to as 'cheese', selling in bags worth £10 or £20.
Claire Marlow, prosecuting, said: “He said he had been doing it for a few weeks to fund Christmas. He appreciated that this was illegal.”
Knowles, of Frobisher Drive, pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis with intent to supply.