Judge tells drug dealer to pay £260

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A Sudbury man who gained thousands of pounds from selling surplus stocks of cannabis to his friends has been ordered to hand over just £260.

Michael Albon, 57, of Cavendish Way, was given a nine-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court in July.

He had pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing tablets which were a class C drug, one of possessing cannabis resin with intent to supply and one of converting criminal property.

On Monday, Albon returned to court for a hearing to assess the benefit he obtained from his criminal activities and for the making of a confiscation order.

The court heard that an investigation had established that Albon had gained £18,283 from his offending, but had assets amounting to only £260.

Judge John Holt ruled that Albon should forfeit the £260 and gave him 14 days to pay. Failure to meet that deadline would result in up to 10 days in jail, Albon was warned.

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