A convicted organised crime network responsible for flooding the streets with drugs have been targeted again by GMP – this time in their wallets.
The eight members of the organised crime gang were sentenced in April of this year to a total of more than 40 years at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
And yesterday, 14 October 2014, members of the gang were ordered to pay back more than Â£70,000 made through their illicit operation following a confiscation hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
Anthony Quinn 04/02/82 ), Kenley Walk, Collyhurst, was found to have benefited to the tune of Â£32,264 and ordered to pay back Â£1,045; Lee Clarke (17/07/85) Welbeck Street South, Ashton-Under-Lyne, benefited to the amount of Â£64,464 and ordered to repay Â£8,615, Michael Connor (10/09/89), Limebrook Close, Openshaw was found to have benefited by Â£27,869, Andrew Hulme (26/01/81) Cornwall Road, Droylsden, benefited by Â£33,399 and must repay Â£3,700, Vincent Mallon (28/01/54) Woodvale Walk, Beswick, benefited by Â£48,853 and must repay Â£32,000, Steven Ellis (09/08/78) of Duchess Green, Hyde, benefited to the amount of Â£55,052 and must repay Â£22,963 and John Mallon (14/11/80) of Barmouth Walk, Oldham, benefited by Â£55,374 and must repay Â£576.
Vincent Mallon was also ordered to forfeit more than Â£4,000 in cash under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
In addition, Lee Clarke, Steven Ellis and John Mallon were all made subject of Serious Crime Prevention Orders.
If they default on their repayments, they could face further prison sentences.
The investigation into their finances was led by DC Mark Chesters from GMP’s Economic Crime Unit after the Force’s Serious and Organised Crime Group exposed their drug dealing.
The gang’s activities were monitored over a period of five months and the operation culminated in a series of warrants across the Manchester area which resulted in the recovery of a large amount of cocaine and cannabis with a street value of just under Â£100,000, around Â£40,000 in cash and designer watches with a total approximate value of Â£170,000.
Detective Inspector Rob Cousen said: “Not only were this gang selling drugs, but they were also making handsome profits by peddling drugs that cause misery and hardship on the streets of our communities.
“Greater Manchester Police has made no secret of the fact that it is not just jail time that we aim for when we expose these sorts of people for the criminals they are, but we also hit them where it hurts the most and that’s their wallets.
“It must be galling for genuine, hard-working members of our communities to see these drug dealers driving around in flash motor cars and enjoying wealth they haven’t earned, and so I hope this result shows people that we will target criminals and take away their liberty and their ill-gotten gains.
“The Force’s Economic Crime Unit works tirelessly to see where these criminals are trying to hide their dirty money and when we can demonstrate they have clearly made money through criminality, we will claw that money back off them.
“The corroding effects of class A drugs on families, communities and the wider society are well documented, and each and every one of this organised crime group knows it.
“I hope today’s result sends out a significant message to anyone involved in supplying drugs. No matter how sophisticated you think you are, justice will always catch up with you in the end.”