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UK court orders Punjab-origin drug dealer to pay up earnings he made

Bassi, 36, was jailed for 13 years in February following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership.

punjab Updated: Jul 13, 2018 19:34 IST
Prasun Sonwalkar
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, London
Punjab-origin,drug dealer,Punjab
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Daljinder Bassi, a Wolverhampton-based man in UK, who acted as a wholesaler to drug dealers in the West Midlands has been ordered to pay back £742,270 (around Rs 6.7 crore) in a confiscation hearing in court. Bassi, 36, was jailed for 13 years in February following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership. The Wolverhampton Crown Court has now ordered him to hand over the amount, based on an assessment of his assets.

His total criminal benefit figure was judged to have been £1,187,650 (around Rs 10.7 crore), official sources said.

Investigations revealed that Bassi used various hiding places in his home, including under the floorboards, beneath the insulation in the loft and within the wall cavities, to store cash and class-A drugs in powder, rock and block. The cash hidden in the walls was only accessible from the loft using a home-made pulley system.

Officers searching his home in October 2017 seized £737,000 (Rs 6.65 crore) in cash, 22kg of heroin, cocaine and mixing agents.

The drugs recovered would have had a total estimated street value of £2.5 million (Rs 23 crore). If he does not pay up £742,270 (Rs 6.7 crore) within three months, he will be sentenced to a further five years and five months in prison.

Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said, “Bassi made huge sums of money by selling dangerous class-A drugs; a business that directly fuels serious violence and gang culture. If Bassi satisfies the confiscation order, he’ll be released from his sentence when he expects to be. If not, he’ll serve over five more years and still be expected to pay this bill at the end.”

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 19:29 IST