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Six jailed over drugs in Northamptonshire face increased terms

Six men convicted in Northamptonshire in 2011 of conspiracy to supply illegal drugs must pay back nearly £3m.

If the six fail to comply they face increased jail sentences.

The six men from Mawsley and Kettering areas, Lithuania and Leicester were jailed over a a haul of drugs with a street value of £4.5m.

The sum to be repaid - £2,824,200 assessed by Northampton Crown Court Judge Richard Bray - is the amount they would have made from selling the drugs.

Amit Kotecha, 34, from Chambers Hill, Mawsley, had been sentenced to 18 years. The sentence was later reduced on appeal to 15 years.

His brother Ravi Kotecha, 29, from Chambers Hill, Mawsley, was sentenced to 21 years. This was later reduced to 17 years.

Freshkumar Kakkad, 49, from Cambium Close, Kettering, was sentenced to 21 years. This was later reduced to 17 years.

Drugs seized at port

The Kotecha brothers must pay the money back within six months or risk an additional six years in prison.

Kakkad risks another three-and-a-half years in prison.

Rohit Suvania, 33, from Mitchell Street, Kettering, received 18 years in prison. This was later reduced to 14 years.

Viktor Maksimov, 57, from Lithuania, a lorry driver, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, having been found guilty of importing cocaine.

Ismail Patel, 43, from St Saviours Road, Leicester, who was connected to the gang but was tried separately for money laundering offences, was sentenced to 12 months.

From the money confiscated from Patel, £13,766 is to be paid in compensation to a victim of his crimes.

In a criminal proceeds case 50% of funds recovered goes to the government and the remaining 50% is split between the police, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts.

The court heard that the men had lived expensive lifestyles from the proceeds of their drugs trafficking and sales.

The investigation began after a haul of drugs was seized at the port of Ramsgate by the UK Border Agency.

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