London drug dealer caught “hanging around” Norwich school made to pay £570 cash
PUBLISHED: 15:24 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:54 23 April 2018
A London drug dealer caught after a Norwich school raised concerns about his suspicious behaviour has been told to hand-over the £570 cash which was seized from him at his arrest.
Aaron Leon, 20, of Enfield, was seen hanging around the school and staff called police, who found him with a rucksack full of heroin and crack cocaine when he was arrested in the Hall Road area of Norwich.
Leon was jailed for 32 months in February this year for possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and one count of assaulting a police officer.
He was back before Norwich Crown Court for a confiscation hearing to claw back cash from the drug operation.
Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that the benefit figure Leon got from the drug dealing operation was put at £4,000, which was based on the value of the drugs seized, but said Leon had no assets other than the £570 cash found on him at his arrest.
“There is no suggestion he has any other benefits or assets. The recoverable amount we are asking for is £570,” he said.
Judge Katharine Moore agreed the figure and said that Leon must serve an extra 21 days in default of not paying the cash.
During the case the court heard how officers attended Hall Road on January 9, after a member of staff from a school had raised concerns about a man hanging around outside the school and thought it might be drug-related.
The court heard that when they tried to arrest Leon he had assaulted a female police officer, leaving her with cuts and bruises and left a bag behind containing crack cocaine and heroin, before being arrested nearby.
After the case, PC Craig Bidwell said it highlighted Norfolk Constabulary’s ongoing commitment to tackle Class A drug dealing in the county under Operation Gravity.
He said: “The community should be reassured that officers will continue to act upon any information about illegal drug activity.”
He added: “It is a prime example of someone coming into Norfolk to distribute illegal drugs and we will not tolerate it.”
Operation Gravity has been running since December 2016 targeting “county line” drug gangs and more than 300 arrests have been made.