Dealer stripped of criminal cash

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A Matlock man jailed for four-and-a-half years for possessing drugs with the intent to supply has now been stripped of more than £11,000.

At a hearing on Wednesday, July 6, magistrates in Chesterfield confiscated £11,232 from Andrew Johnson, of Masson Hill View.

The money will be shared between Derbyshire police and the Government.

Johnson was given four-and-a-half years in May for possessing heroin with intent, and the same term for possessing crack cocaine with intent, to be served concurrently.

The 30-year-old was stopped and searched by officers in Dale Road last December, as they suspected he had drugs. The officers found that he was carrying a large amount of cash. A search of his home uncovered drugs and further cash.

He was then stopped in his car, on Bakewell Road, in Rowsley, in January, and was found in possession of cocaine. A second search of his house revealed more drugs and cash.

Detective Superintendent Terry Branson said: “This is an excellent example of how officers routinely stopping someone has led to a significant seizure of criminal cash and a lengthy jail term for a dealer.”