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Pay back £100k drugs money or face extended jail sentence, judge tells Sheffield dealer

Anthony Mullen Photo: South Yorkshire Police

A 58-year-old drug dealer from Sheffield has been ordered to pay back more than £100,000 or expect an extended jail sentence, after a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday (25 February).

Anthony Mullen, formerly of Rotherham, made over £400,000 from drugs trafficking offences and money laundering, it was revealed at the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

The judge ordered Mullen to pay back a total of £102,239.89, made up of seized cash, vehicles and property belonging to him.

Otherwise, he was told he would face a further 12 months in prison.

Mullen is already serving a nine-year prison sentence for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, which he was served on 12 July 2018.

Detective Constable James Harding, the investigating officer for the case, said South Yorkshire Police were "incredibly pleased" to see a "career criminal" face justice.

Having seized Class A drugs from Mullen's house and vehicle, he said: "It is right that Mullen does not benefit from his criminality in the future."

“This man has gone under the radar for a number of years and is a career criminal, he has made a lot of money from his criminality and justice has now been served.

“We were incredibly pleased with the prison sentence he received, and the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing result on top is very satisfying for us.

“We hope this acts as a deterrent to other people engaging in these types of crime, we will not allow you to live what you perceive to be the high life whilst others suffer from your criminality.”

– Detective Constable James Harding