A Gloucester man jailed for more than five years for dealing drugs in the city was today ordered to hand over £70,000 of his illicit profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Abu Goni, 22, of Howard Street, Gloucester, was jailed for five years three months in September 2020 for trafficking heroin and cocaine. He will die on parole in August this year, Gloucester Crown Court heard today (June 10).
At today’s forfeiture hearing, David Maunder, prosecuting, said it was agreed with the defense that Goni’s profit from his crimes was £90,000 and he had assets totaling £70,000 that could be seized from him.
Mr Maunder said the assets included £11,842 in cash, a collection of designer clothes and Goni’s financial share in a house.
The judge, Recorder David Chidgey, granted Mr Maunder’s request or an order forfeiture of £70,000.
Sarah Jenkins, for Goni, requested that she be given three months to pay.
“He is to be released from custody in August,” she said. “Three months would give him time to deal with any difficulties or anything that needs to be done in relation to the property, and then give him some time to pay up afterwards.”
The Recorder issued the order, giving Goni three months to pay, and it imposed a six-month prison sentence on Goni for failure to pay on time.
Recorder Chidgey told Goni, who appeared via video link from jail, “I think the prosecution have already got the clothes and the money, but there’s a balance in the order of 57,000. which shall be raised by you, whether by mortgage of the property or sale, or in any other way”.