£50,000 confiscated from Crossgates drug dealer

Almost £50,000 has been confiscated from a drug dealer caught with nearly 5kg of cannabis hidden in his car.

David Ford was ordered to surrender £49,389.04 under Proceeds of Crime legislation in a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court on Monday.

Sheriff Michael Fletcher made the order against the 53-year-old after reading a joint minute submitted by Ford’s solicitor and the depute fiscal.

Ford, of Manse Road, Crossgates, Fife, was sentenced to 30 months in prison when he appeared at the court in January last year.

On February 10 2011 he was the driver of a vehicle parked on Scott Street, Perth, which was searched by police.

They discovered 4.8kg of cannabis resin with a street value of £21,000 beneath the passenger seat of his car.

He pleaded guilty to a contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD), said: “The funds recovered will be added to the £80 million already gathered from Proceeds of Crime to be reinvested in the community by Scottish ministers through the CashBack for Communities programme.”

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