A CHESTER drug dealer jailed for stealing from a dying man has been ordered to pay more than £54,000 from money he acquired through drug-related activity.
Paul Rowlands, 42, lived in Rowland Heights and in January was sentenced to five years in jail for possessing heroin with intent to supply and money laundering.
He was sentenced to an additional six months for breaching a suspended sentence, for stealing from 57-year-old Jim Morrison as he lay dying in the lift of a Chester block of flats.
As a result of the conviction, DC Tom Silsbury from the Chester Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team continued his enquiries under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
The Act seeks to ensure criminals do not financially benefit from their crimes once their sentences have been served.
As a result of the work by DC Silsbury, a POCA application was made to the courts who have ordered the forfeiture of the sum of £54,560.08.
Sgt Andy Burrage, of the Chester Inner NPT, said: “The sentence given down to Rowlands should act a deterrent to those in the city that engage in drugs-related illegal activity.
“We continue to gather intelligence and execute warrants on those that consider they are above the law.
“The work of my colleague DC Silsbury is an excellent example of this dogged determination of staff on the Inner NPT to disrupt this activity.
“The POCA enables us to ensure criminals do not financially benefit from their criminal behaviour once they have served their sentence.
“It is right that the substantial forfeiture the courts have ordered in this case is highlighted as a not-so-subtle reminder of what awaits those who engage in criminal behaviour.”