London dealers who made almost £50,000 from Class A drugs ordered to pay just over £600
PUBLISHED: 15:45 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:45 13 November 2017
Two London drug dealers who made almost £50,000 from selling Class A drugs in King's Lynn will only have to repay the cash found in their pockets.
When they were arrested at a flat in Anmer Terrace in December last year, Khalid Qoyyan and Kulmiye Warsama had little over £300 each in cash.
The pair were convicted for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin, and a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Monday heard they made at least £47,143 from the trade.
Their only assets that could be proven was the cash seized on the day of their arrest so they will be made to pay just £652.
Qoyyan admitted possession with intent to supply Class A but Warsama was convicted following a trial. Qoyyan also admitted a second offence of possession with intent to supply following a further arrest in Ilford.
He said Warsama had played a significant role in the operation and accepted that Qoyyan had a lesser one.
Prosecutor William Carter said of Qoyyan: “The benefit in his case is £45,796, that being the value of the drugs recovered, cash on him and a calculation of his expenditure on drug use, which can’t have come from his legitimate income from modest state benefits.
“His available assets are the cash found on him at £305.”
Warsama, who also goes by the name Mahmood, refused to stand for the court or speak when asked to confirm his name.
“He is the co-defendant and unlike Mr Qoyyan he pleaded not guilty and was tried in April this year,” said Mr Carter. “He was convicted by a jury for possession with intent to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
“In his case the total benefit is said to be £1,347, of which £347 was cash found on him when he was arrested.
“The sums involved are relatively modest. Given the fact he indicates he wishes to take no positive role in these proceedings one could either have a further hearing and it would simply cost public money with a defendant remaining silent, or your honour could imply order forfeiture of £347.”
Judge Stephen Holt made confiscation orders of £305 for Qoyyan, 21, and £347 for Warsama, 30, both from London.