Jailed dealer has to pay back funds

A Matlock man jailed for 12 years for drugs offences has been ordered to pay back more than £200,000.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Friday, January 28, Judge John Burgess confiscated £216,118 from David John Booth.

The case against 46-year-old Booth began in November 2006 when officers raided a series of addresses in Chesterfield, Alfreton and Matlock as part of Operation Fearless, organised to disrupt the Class A drugs market in Derbyshire.

Booth, of Upper Lumsdale, was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine, MDMA and amphetamine and in November 2007, he was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

At Friday’s POCA hearing, Judge Burgess, sitting at Derby Crown Court, declared that Booth’s benefit from criminality was £216,118 and a confiscation order was imposed.

Booth must satisfy the order in full within six months or he will serve a further two years and nine months imprisonment.

This sentence is in addition to the prison sentence set for the drug offences.