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Dursley drug dealer has to sell home to pay back ill-gotten gains

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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Gloucester Crown Court

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Cocaine dealer, Leslie Ind, who tried to hide £2,000 worth of cocaine in a crisp packet, will have to sell his house to pay back his ill-gotten gains.

The 37-year-old was jailed for three-and-a-half years last October after the drugs were discovered under the dashboard of his van.

Investigations into Ind’s finances showed around £20,000 worth of unaccounted for cash.

Defending Philip Warren said: “He does not concede that he was drug dealing to that extent, but he realises his chanced of successfully contesting this are not good and he prefers an honourable surrender.”

The court heard Ind of Rosebery Road in Dursley would have to sell his home to pay back the £20,000 or face an additional 12 months inside.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC praised Ind for his approach to the proceeds of crime confiscation.

He told him: “This is very tough legislation and I wish more of those who dabble in cocaine supply realise how tough it is going to be.

“He is going to lose his house as a result and I hope he goes back to prison and tells others.

“It is not the judge being tough, it is parliament.”

Ind, a handyman, was found guilty of possession of the drug with intent to supply following a trial.

The father-of-three said he often left his van unlocked and with the keys in the ignition and others used his vehicle during the trial.

But his claims he had no knowledge of the digital scales and a quantity of a drug cutting agent found by police during a bust at his home on July 19, 2012 were not accepted by the jury.

He claimed the 14 grams of cocaine he gave to police during the raid was for his own personal use.

The judge ruled Ind was certainly street dealing the drug, which he previously had an addiction to.

But Ind said he had given up the drug thanks to the help of a new partner.

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