£70k pay back for drugs offences

Derbyshire Police
Derbyshire Police

An Ilkeston man has been ordered to pay back £70,000 after cannabis he posted to Scotland was intercepted by police.

John Burke, 40, benefitted from his criminality to the tune of £150,000 a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Derby Crown Court on Thursday April 10 heard.

He was issued a confiscation order of £70,000.

The case against Burke began in February 2013 when a package containing drugs was intercepted at a Royal Mail sorting office in Aberdeen.

The package was traced back to Burke’s address in Ilkeston.

Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary, accompanied by colleagues from Police Scotland, went to Burke’s home on Watson Road and found cannabis, M-Cat and cash.

He was later charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and possession of Class C drugs.

He pleaded guilty and received a 12 month sentence suspended for 24 months.

He has six months to pay up the cash and will serve 18 months in default if he does not settle the bill in the time frame set by the court.