Dealers must pay back £1 each

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TWO drug dealers have been ordered to just £1 between them following a proceeds of crime hearing before a judge.

They are among 12 dealers subject to a hearing at Teesside Crown Court aimed at clawing back proceeds from the network based at Hartlepool Marina and a house in Elwick.

The court heard trusted gopher Anthony Smith, 35, previously of Meadowgate Drive, Hartlepool handled drugs worth £350,000.

But he was found to have no available assets and was ordered to pay a nominal £1.

He is serving nine years jail after he admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs last year.

The court also heard Leslie Graham, 48, formerly of Greenacres Farm, Haswell, stood to gain by £37,505, but also had no money and paid just £1.

He is currently serving seven and a half years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine after a trial.

Mark Gelson, 34, who fronted retail side of the operation at Hartlepool Marina will have to pay back £40,365 to the authorities after criminal property worth £460,151 passed through his hands.

Gelson, formerly of Marlowe Road, Hartlepool, is serving a jail term of six years and four months.

The hearing continues.