Crime pays ... for good things in the community!

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MORE than £10,000 has been confiscated from a drug dealer in Lennoxtown – with community projects set to benefit.

Francis Andrews (31) was jailed for five years and seven months for supplying illegal drugs on March 18 at the High Court in Glasgow.

A confiscation order was granted last week to seize £10,881 from his assets.

The High Court in Edinburgh ruled he had a criminal lifestyle, allowing it to consider that income and assets obtained during the six years prior to the date of the offence were the proceeds of crime.

Lindsey Miller, head of the serious and organised crime division of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, said: “Working closely with police and other agencies we will continue to target those individuals or groups seeking to spread misery by dealing drugs in Scotland’s communities. By using the Proceeds of Crime legislation we will not only seek to recover assets, but we will disrupt activity, prevent the reinvesting of profits and wherever possible make it very difficult for criminal enterprises to be pursued.”

Andrews’ conviction followed Operation Snapper – an intelligence-led investigation into drug trafficking in the west of Scotland.

Surveillance was carried out over a three-month period in 2010.

Money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act is invested by Scottish ministers in community projects aimed at alleviating the effects of crime.