A Margate drug-dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £8,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Sorin Stanoiu, 25, was jailed for four years on June 22, 2018, after being found guilty of possessing and dealing drugs including cocaine and MDMA.
The dealer, who lived on the High Street in Margate, was arrested in June 2017 after being stopped in his car by police on patrol in Ramsgate.
The car was searched and officers found the drugs along with mobile phones, a piece of paper with phone numbers and names on and £380 in cash.
He was also found to be in possession of drugs and when officers searched his home they found more than £7,500 in cash.
Following an investigation by Kent Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, Stanoiu was brought back to Canterbury Crown Court on August 23 this year to answer for the money he made through drug-dealing.
He was ordered to pay £8,435 within two weeks or he risks further time in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Patrick Milford from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “We won’t stop at the point of conviction. Where there is money involved we will make an application for a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act and use this legislation to ensure those who commit crime continue to pay the price.”
The cash, under the Proceeds of Crime Act, will be distributed to operational agencies including Kent Police under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS). Broadly, ARIS divides recovered assets between operational agencies and the Home Office which is then reinvested into policing.