Drug-dealing fishmonger from Costessey must repay £1630 under Proceeds of Crime Act

18:01 10 August 2012

Richard Chettleburgh

Richard Chettleburgh


A former Norwich fishmonger who was found with a stash of drugs with a street value of £12,500 must repay some of his ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

As reported, Richard Chettleburgh, 56, had a holdall containing a variety of drugs hidden in the boot of his BMW when he was stopped by police in Norwich on March 10, and further drugs were found at his home, including cocaine and heroin.

Chettleburgh was jailed in June for more than five and a half years.

He appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to hear an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard that Chettleburgh had benefited by £6201.02, but that he only had £1630 left.

This was the total sum of the cash seized from his home and the value of the BMW he was driving when he was stopped by police.

Judge Mark Lucraft made a confiscation order under the act for £1630 and gave Chettleburgh 56 days to pay.

The crown court heard in June that when Chettleburgh was searched, the holdall in his car was found to contain a quantity of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy and he also had £130 in cash.

A further search was made of Chettleburgh’s home in Joe Ellis Court, Costessey, and more drugs including cocaine were found along with scales and dealer notes as well as £700 cash.

The court heard that Chettleburgh had previous convictions for drugs offences and in 2004 had been jailed for seven and half years for being concerned in importing three kilos of heroin worth more than £200,000.

Chettleburgh admitted possession of drugs with intent to supply and was jailed for five years seven months.

The court heard that he was well known in  Norwich as a fishmonger but his life took a turn when he was in his 40s and he became involved in drugs.

Until this offence he had recently kept out of trouble but he had got involved with a woman who was addicted to heroin.

Police said in June that the sentencing should reassure the public that it would do all it could to disrupt drug-dealing businesses and deal with the offenders robustly.

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