Lowestoft pensioner ordered to pay back £27,000 of drugs profit

Suffolk Constabulary. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Constabulary. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A pensioner who was jailed for dealing heroin has been ordered to pay back £27,000.

Robert Beales

Robert Beales - Credit: Archant

Robert Beales, 74, who is serving a five year and eight month prison sentence for possession with intent to supply heroin, was made subject of a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Confiscation Order for the sum of £27,860 at Ipswich Crown Court on June 17.

Suffolk Constabulary had executed a search warrant at Beales' home in Victoria Terrace, Lowestoft, in August 2015.

During the search police found Mr Beales and an associate, Anouska Wright, 38, in the property along with heroin, cash and mobile phones.

Both were convicted in connection with the discovery of the illicit items at the property.

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Following their convictions, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) launched a POCA investigation.

Wright was also made subject to a Confiscation Order for £2,105.

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Both Beales and Wright have been ordered to pay the orders within six months or face the prospect of a further period of imprisonment in default.

Detective Inspector Liz Fernandes of the ERSOU Regional Economic Crime Unit said: 'This case once again underlines our commitment to ensure that those who seek to profit from crime will be targeted and stripped of the gains they have made from criminal activity.'

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