Gravesend drug dealer must repay almost £17,000
PUBLISHED: 15:40 13 September 2018
A Gravesend drug dealer has been ordered to pay back almost £17,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Jordon Martin, 22, was approached by police after returning to find officers searching his home in Northfleet Green on the evening of June 8 2016.
They were executing a warrant under the Firearms Act as part of an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, which resulted in the discovery of a shotgun illegally owned by Martin’s uncle Peter Wenn, 51.
Wenn had been living in a caravan at the address and was jailed for 12 years and eight months in September 2017 after pleading guilty to drug and firearms offences.
Martin was arrested after he was found to be carrying six small packets of high-purity cocaine.
Further drugs paraphernalia and cash were found during a search of his car, a Mercedes AMG.
Packets of cocaine and cannabis were also discovered during a search of his bedroom, in addition to £6,625 cash and various other equipment including weighing scales, plastic tubs and freezer bags.
Woolwich Crown Court heard how Martin appeared to be selling drugs on behalf of his uncle, whose mobile phone contained messages and tick-lists associated with the supply of cocaine and cannabis.
Martin pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of criminal property on Friday December 1 2017 and was sentenced to two years in prison the same day.
At a further hearing on Thursday August 30 2018 he was ordered to pay back £16,972.55 earned through his criminal activity.
If he fails to pay within three months then he will be imprisoned for six months.
Det Insp Annie Clayton said: “Drugs ruin lives and we will stop at nothing to break down the organised criminal groups who are responsible for bringing cocaine and other illegal substances onto the streets of Kent.
“It was clear that Jordon Martin was making a lot of money from the sale of illegal substances but ultimately crime does not pay and thanks to legislation under the Proceeds of Crime Act we are able to ensure offenders like him are not allowed to reap the rewards of their unlawful actions.”