Manchester

Stalybridge drug dealer ordered to pay back crime cash

A convicted drug dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £100,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Ryan Duddy, 24, was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

He earlier pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and criminal property and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and cannabis.

Duddy was instructed to pay £21,450 of the money within three months or face a further 13 months in prison.

Drug paraphernalia

He was found to have benefited by more than £104,000 from his criminality and Greater Manchester Police can seek further assets from him up to the full value at any time, the court heard.

Any money earned as a result of, or in connection with, an offence can be recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Duddy of Hamilton Street, Stalybridge was ordered to sell his house, car and forfeit all of his savings in order to meet the payment.

Police searched Duddy's home on 8 May and found more than £2,000 in cash, drug debtors lists, drug paraphernalia, mobile phones and a small quantity of cannabis.

An investigation found he had been dealing cannabis and cocaine and funding his lifestyle from the proceeds.

Det Sgt Joe Harrop said: "We have once again shown that crime does not pay.

"Duddy may have thought that his incarceration was the end of his punishment, but Greater Manchester Police will always look to ensure that convicted people do not profit from their offending."

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