A JUDGE has ordered almost £15,000 to be confiscated from a man who was caught selling heroin and crack cocaine at a drugs den in a Bidford house.
Tristan Welsh, aged 32, of The Poplars, Bidford, had originally denied possessing heroin and crack with intent to supply them.
But he changed his pleas to guilty after new evidence dramatically emerged during his trial at Warwick Crown Court last year.
He was jailed for four years, with a consecutive nine-month sentence for an offence of dangerous driv-ing committed while he was on bail for the drugs matters.
But a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act was adjourned for an investigation into his finances, including any bank accou-nts and other assets he had.
And at the resumed hearing Judge Alan Parker was told Welsh’s benefit from his illegal activity had been assessed as £14,960 and that he had an available amount to cover that.
So the judge ordered £14,960 to be confiscated from Welsh, and gave a formal 56 days for it to be paid, in default of which Welsh will have to serve a further nine months.
During his trial prosecutor Andrew Wilkins had said that in September 2011 police raided what was in effect a drugs den at a house in Smiths Close, Bidford. They found Welsh in the process of supplying drugs to another person and seized 26.7 grams of crack and 18.7 grams of heroin, worth a total of more than £2,000.
When Welsh, who admitted possessing 52 tablets of the heroin substitute methadone for his own use, first appeared in court in 2012 he denied being a crack and heroin dealer.
Lloyd Jenkins, defend-ing, said Welsh’s case was he was a drug-user and had gone to the address to buy some for himself and had fallen asleep. But on the day Welsh and a co-defendant went on trial, the other man’s barrister insisted on details of phone messages being obtained.
When that was done and they were examined, they proved that man had not been involved in drug, dealing, but that Welsh had—at which point he changed his pleas to guilty.
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