Drug dealer ordered to repay almost £200,000 in Bolton
2:30pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Local
A Bolton drug dealer is now nearly £200,000 worse off thanks to Greater Manchester Police.
Imran Mohammed Afzal, aged 30, of Perendale Rise, Bolton, has been ordered to repay £191,000.
In August 2011, officers from the Bolton drugs unit were observing a man they knew as Afzal when he completed a drug deal on Seymour Road, Astley Bridge.
He was arrested and subsequent searches of his home address at Perendale Rise, Sharples, Bolton, revealed further drugs valued at £14,000 and cash totalling £23,000 He was subsequently sentenced to 18 months in prison.
A POCA confiscation investigation took place which identified a number of bank accounts, some in the name of Afzal’s wife, a four bedroom detached house registered in her name and three vehicles two of which were in her name, including a BMW X5.
The investigation, over the next 15 months was able to prove that the money paid into these accounts, and for the cars and houses, were from Afzal’s drug dealing, and put in his wife's name to disguise his drug monies.
In December 2012 Afzal was further charged with money laundering. He later appeared at Bolton Crown Court and pleaded guilty to these new matters and was sentenced to a further two years in prison.
At the final POCA hearing yesterday, at Bolton Crown Court, the prosecution were able to prove that Afzal had made £229,372 from his dealing An order was made confiscating assets valued at £167,684.98, which include the two houses in Bolton, three cars, and the contents of three bank accounts, together with an expensive Breitling watch.
This makes a total of more than £191,000 taken from this Bolton drug dealer Failure to pay will see him face a further 30 months on top of his existing sentence.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Jackson, of Bolton CID, said: “Once again we have been able to dismantle the vast majority of a drug dealers empire.
“Afzal must have felt he was above the law and no doubt enjoyed the trappings of his criminal lifestyle.
“Now he must reflect on the fact that he is not only serving some serious time in jail, but when he comes out will be left with few remnants of his criminality.”