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Gloucester man ordered to hand over £70,000 of illicit profits from county lines drug dealing

A Gloucester man jailed for more than five years for 'county lines' drug dealing in the city has been ordered to hand over £70,000 of his illicit profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Abu Goni, 22, of Howard Street, Gloucester, was jailed for five years and three months in September 2020 for dealing in heroin and cocaine. He is due for release on parole in August 2022, Gloucester Crown Court was told on Friday (June 10).

At the confiscation hearing David Maunder, prosecuting, said it had been agreed with the defence that Goni's profit from his crimes was £90,000 and he has assets totalling £70,000 which can be seized from him.

Mr Maunder said the assets comprised £11,842-01 in cash, a collection of designer clothing, and Goni's financial share of a house.

The judge, Recorder David Chidgey, agreed to Mr Maunder's application or a confiscation order in the sum of £70,000.

Sarah Jenkins, for Goni, asked for him to be allowed three months to pay, she said: "He is due for release from custody in eatly August"

"Three months would give him time to deal with any difficulties or anything that needs to be done in relation to the property and then give him a little time to pay thereafter."

The Recorder made the order, allowing Goni three months to pay, and he imposed a sentence of six months imprisonment on Goni in default of payment being made on time.

Recorder Chidgey told Goni, who appeared via video link from prison, "I think the prosecution have already got the clothes and the cash but there is a balance in the order of £57,000 which will need to be raised by you, whether by mortgage of the property or sale, or in any other way."

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