Drug dealer ordered to pay back £83,000

A convicted drugs dealer from Springburn has been ordered by the High Court to pay back tens of thousands of pounds he benefited from his crime.

Desmond Stewart (35) had the cash seized after he was made the subject of a £83,000 confiscation order last week. The money will be reinvested into local community projects.

Edinburgh High Court heard that police received intelligence last year that Stewart was selling drugs from KS Autos Limited, a garage in an industrial estate at Possilpark.

Officers searched the premises in April 2014 and recovered £53,652 in cash. They also found a hydraulic press on the second floor of the garage as well as two money counting machines.

The accused had already pled guilty in February last year to involvement in the supply of heroin, and an offence under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

He was sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment in March the same year.

Speaking after the case, Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime and Counter-Terrorism, said: “While only very small amounts of heroin were recovered at the property, we successfully secured a conviction for drug dealing against Stewart due to the substantial circumstantial evidence recovered from the garage.

“That conviction for drug trafficking and offences under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act opened up the full powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act and we have confiscated £83,000 from him, which will be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.”

The CashBack for Communities programme uses money seized from the proceeds of crime to fund community projects.