Peterborough drug dealer and his wife ordered to pay back total of £190,000 of ill gotten gains.
An investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) found that Neritan Kolludra, 44, formerly of Fountains Place, Peterborough, made significant sums selling the class A substance to seven people later convicted of drugs offences in 2016.
Kolludra was jailed in December 2018 for 14 years and four months and his wife Ausra, 40, also of Fountains Place, Peterborough, received an 18-month suspended sentence, following a Cambridgeshire Constabulary investigation.
While initial enquiries into the pair were ongoing, a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Restraint Order was obtained to ensure cash seized at their address, a residential property, bank balances, and a Rolex watch were ring-fenced pending conviction.
And at a Peterborough Crown Court hearing on Monday (12 April), Neritan was ordered to repay £111,264 and Ausra £79,033.
If they don’t repay the respective amounts by 12 July they each face an increased period of 12 months in jail. Both would still be required to pay back the outstanding money.
Financial Investigation Manager Leanne Middleton said: “This result again demonstrates that we will continue to target the money and assets of criminals who have profited from the misery of others.
“Working alongside colleagues at Cambridgeshire Constabulary has shown that we can capitalise on every opportunity to use POCA’s asset recovery powers to strip those who seek to benefit from crime.”
Detective Chief Inspector Chris O’Brien, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “This hearing shows that crime doesn’t pay. I’m pleased the Kolludras will now have to repay a significant sum to cover their ill-gotten gains.
“The drugs Neritan supplied would inevitably have trapped people in addiction and caused misery.
“We continue to work tirelessly to bring those who supply or deal drugs to justice.”