Drug dealer ordered to sell his home

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A DRUG dealer from Preesall has been ordered to sell his home to pay back thousands of pounds he made through his crimes.

Lewis Arnfield, of Park Lane, has been given six months to hand over £15,421 – or face nine months in prison.

Arnfield, 27, was convicted of producing cannabis, and money-laundering at Preston Crown Court, in August 2011.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.

At another recent hearing, under the Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA), the court heard Arnfield had benefited from his crimes by £29,745 and ordered that his available assets – £15,421– be confiscated.

Anna Willets, financial investigator for Lancashire Constabulary, said: “The Proceeds of Crime Act gives officers the power to seize cash and recover cars, houses and other assets from criminals. Confiscation orders can then be made to deprive criminals of the benefit from their crimes – and take further cash from them if we become aware of other assets that they have.

“It is not right that law-abiding residents should see criminals living a life of luxury because of their illegal activities, which is why we seek to take their cash from them through the courts.”