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Drugs dealer required to pay confiscation order

Added on 26 September 2017 at 15:41

A 48-year-old Bristol drug dealer is counting the cost of his illegal activity after being required to pay a £14,000 confiscation order. 

Lee Trott of Bishport Avenue, Hartcliffe, appeared before Bristol Crown Court today (Tuesday 26 September). 

This related to his involvement in drug dealing in Bristol in 2015. 

On 25 September that year at about 6.30pm two simultaneous search warrants were executed at properties in two roads in Hartcliffe Bishport Avenue and Murford Avenue. 

At the Bishport Avenue address various amounts of suspected drugs were seized along with cash, scales, mobile phones and a large quantity of self-seal snap bags. 

Officers also seized controlled substances from the Murford Avenue address as well as cash and mobile phones. A significant amount of cutting agent was also seized. 

Cash seized from the two properties totalled £14,373 and the drugs had a street value of £28,000. 

Lee Trott was subsequently arrested and charged with various offences of possessing with intention to supply controlled drugs. 

He admitted the offence in May this year and was subsequently jailed for two years. 

At the confiscation hearing benefit from crime was identified as £80,816 and Lee Trott was issued with a confiscation order for £14,373.66. 

Dr Kirstie Cogram, manager of the Complex Crime Unit for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We are committed to seizing any assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime. It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their money is taken. By doing this we show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime."

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