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Gloucester drugs lord must sell Range Rover, speedboat and Suzuki motorbike to repay illegal cash

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Gloucester drugs lord must sell Range Rover, speedboat and Suzuki motorbike to repay illegal cash

Mark Dainty with his speedboat

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A DRUGS kingpin who made more than £200,000 from his illegal dealings will have to sell his speedboat, Range Rover and top-of-the-range motorbike to pay back ill-gotten gains.

Mark Dainty, who used his legitimate motorbike business as a front to a cocaine ring, saw his luxury lifestyle end in May 2013 when he was jailed for nine years and four months after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, having criminal property and money laundering.

Gloucester Crown Court heard on Friday that investigations into his crimes showed he had benefited by £212,587.18 because of his crimes.

But the 47-year-old, of Southgate Street, in Gloucester had £33,127.92 worth of assets, which included his car, speedboat and the Hayabusa Suzuki motorcycle left to pay back.

Prosecutor Simon Burns made an application for a serious crime prevention order which means authorities will be able to keep a close eye on Dainty over the next five years.

He will only be able to own one mobile phone and his personal cash and business transactions will be limited to £1,000 and £3,000 respectively unless he notifies the Crown Prosecution Service within seven days.

He must also tell authorities if he is managing or running other businesses.

Mr Burns said the measures were a bid to “protect the public” and, defending, Dean George said Dainty had no objections to the terms.

Judge William Hart ruled he had six months to sell the goods and pay the cash, or he would serve an additional 14 months in jail in default.

He told Dainty, appearing at the court via video link: “I will make the order. Thank you for your input. You have been very cooperative and it has enabled it to be resolved in a sensible and just way.”

The court heard the drugs ring, which ran from January

to April 2011, was smashed by a covert police investigation.

Surveillance showed five deliveries of drugs made between gang members in Gloucester and Leicester.

Dainty used his legitimate firm, Dockside Superbikes, as a front for his involvement in the drug trade, while splashing out on exotic holidays and luxury cars.

He unsuccessfully appealed his sentence, stating it was over the top, but it was upheld stating it was a conspiracy extended over a significant period of time and his position in it was clear.

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