Dealer ordered to pay back thousands

A DRUG dealer from Clevedon has been ordered to pay back thousands-of-pounds he gained through his criminal activities.

Samuel Llewellyn of Blackthorn Square was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on February 7 at Bristol Crown Court after being convicted of supplying cocaine and possessing cocain with intent to supply.

A confiscation order has also been handed to him for �2,635 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Previously, on October 2, he was stopped by police in Griffin Road and his vehicle was searched.

Officers found 14 self-seal bags, which were found to contain 14g of cocaine that had been cut with benzocaine and caffeine. They also seized �535 and a further �1,000 following a search of his home.

Llewellyn admitted the offences when he appeared in front of North Somerset magistrates on January 17.

It was found that he had made �6,225 through his crimes and was ordered to pay back �2,635, which was the value of his assets at the time.

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The 24-year-old now has six months to pay or he will serve an additional 42 days in prison and still owe the money when he is released.

Avon and Somerset police’s Financial Investigation Unit manager Dr Kirstie Cogram said: “This result sends a clear message that dealing with drugs does not pay. We are committed to relentlessly hunt down those who persistently pursue an illegal career in drugs and take them before the courts, where they can expect their assets to be seized.”