Leeds & West Yorkshire

Flower box drugs man Johannes Elmendorp must pay £4.7m

Flowers and cannabis in boxes
Image caption Failure to pay the £4.7m would lead to a longer jail sentence, police said

A man jailed for 18 years for importing cannabis hidden in boxes of flowers has been ordered to pay back almost £5m, West Yorkshire Police have said.

Austrian Johannes Elmendorp, 52, who was jailed in 2011, must pay £4.7m within six months, a confiscation order hearing at Leeds Crown Court ruled.

Failure to pay the money would add five years to his sentence, the police said.

The cannabis, with a street value of up to £150m, was brought into the UK during 2008 and 2009.

Elmendorp and two Dutchmen, who received shorter sentences, were jailed after a trial at Leeds Crown Court in 2011.

Police said they believed the gang organised a total of 102 deliveries to the UK with an estimated weight of 16.8 tonnes of cannabis.

The shipments were destined for Leeds, Bradford, Redditch or Birmingham, according to police.

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