Heroin dealer stripped of profits

Gary Hart
Gary Hart

A DRUG dealer who hid heroin in a plastic toy egg is to be stripped of his illegal profits.

Gary Hart was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of the Class A drug and almost £700 in cash when he was pulled over by cops on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

He is currently serving a four-year jail term after being sentenced at Teesside Crown Court in July.

He was back in court yesterday when a judge ordered him to cough up all his ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Hart, 37, was arrested after he was stopped in a Ford Mondeo on the A689 near Greatham on unrelated matters last April.

He refused to open the doors at first and put up a brief struggle when challenged by the officers.

They discovered the children’s plastic egg, containing 24 heroin deals, hidden on his body.

Hart, previously of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, also had £699 in cash on him, which was believed to be the proceeds of drug dealing.

He later admitted possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

The court yesterday heard the total value of the drugs and cash came to £945.68.

But a thorough investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service discovered the only available assets was the cash Hart had on him when he was arrested.

Judge Peter Armstrong told him: “I make a confiscation order in the sum of £699.18.

“The payment must be made within seven days or you will receive 28 days prison in default which will be consecutive to your current sentence.”

All money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act goes to the Treasury.

Anyone with information about drugs is urged to contact Hartlepool Police on (01642) 302181 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.