Drug dealer ordered to pay £28k


A DRUG dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £28,000 to the authorities as a result of his criminal activities.

James Harkess, 26, was jailed for five and a half years at Durham Crown Court for a host of offences including possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

On Monday, a judge ordered Harkess to pay £28,444 after a Proceeds of Crime application.

The court heard that Harkess benefited by £157,150, from his offending.

Investigations showed he only had available assets totalling £28,444.

Harkess was arrested after his home at Crimdon Dene Caravan Park in May last year.

Police found cocaine with a street value of up to £43,500, two rifles and the £28,444 in cash.

Harkess admitted possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, possessing criminal property and possessing a .22 rifle, plus ammunition, both without a certificate.

He was described as a “trusted lieutenant”, helping to store and distribute high-purity cocaine from the static caravan.

Harkess was given six months to pay the confiscation order or he faces another 12-months jail in default.