Bradford Drug Dealer Ordered to Pay Back Criminal Cash.
Friday, 12 October, 2012
A convicted drug dealer from Bradford has been ordered to pay back hundred of thousands of pounds of ill-gotten gains.
Zulifqar Shah (44) of Great Horton appeared before Bradford Crown Court today and heard how he has six months to pay back almost £750,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
In December 2011 Shah was jailed for 12-years after pleading guilty to possessing Heroin, Crack Cocaine, a firearm and ammunition.
The Court deemed that Shah’s criminal benefit is £857,347 and he must repay £743,266 or face a further 3 months in prison.
In July 2011 the Bradford Quartz Team along with Neighbourhood Policing Officers executed a search warrant at an address on Rhylstone Mount, Lidget Green and recovered a sawn off shot gun, ammunition, £750,000 in cash, and almost £400,000 worth of drugs. Shah was arrested shortly after this.
As part of a week of action West Yorkshire Police is encouraging people to ask the question - how do they afford it?
A spokesman said: "Officers are currently targeting those who are living beyond their means and benefitting from crime. The money taken from criminals is then being re-invested into local communities through police and community projects.
"Why should criminals get away with living off the proceeds of crime? If you tell us we will take action. If you have any information call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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