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Jailed Carlisle drug dealer ordered to pay £17,000

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A Carlisle heroin dealer who was jailed for nine years in July 2016, has been ordered to hand over more than £17,000 or face further jail time.

26-year-old Stuart Hardy was ordered to repay £17,267.59 – funds which the court deemed to be available to Hardy.

He benefited £51,413.62 in total from dealing drugs and was jailed after it was proved that he organised at least one illegal shipment of heroin out of Leeds in the summer of 2015.

Hardy made two other trips to West Yorkshire in July 2015, where more than 1kg of the drug had been smuggled into Cumbria during the conspiracy.

If Hard fails to repay the money, he will be liable to pay it on his release from prison.

This case should make people think twice before getting involved in crime as a way to make money.

“A police investigation isn’t over when criminals are sentenced in court. We continue to tackle criminals and work hard to reclaim the money that they have gained from their crimes through the Proceeds of Crime Act in order give it back to their victims or the community they’ve affected.

“Crime doesn’t pay and Police will continue to work very closely with partner agencies to ensure that criminals are targeted and any financial gain they make as a result of their crimes is seized.”

– Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson