A criminal mastermind behind a drug ring that distributed illegal substances across the south of England has been ordered to pay back £1million.
Neil Wadley, formerly of Pound Lane, Upton near Didcot, was the kingpin in a gang which supplied class A and B substances to users in Didcot, Oxford, Reading, Swindon and further afield to Avon and Somerset.
The 49-year-old has been ordered to pay the £1m within three months and has been sentenced to 14 years behind bars if the order is not paid.
If he fails to pay up, the sentence will be added to the 17 years he is already serving, which relate to dealings in the Thames Valley and surrounding areas between 2014 and 2015.
Wadley, who was served the confiscation order at Oxford Crown Court on July 21, based himself in the Oxfordshire area, from where the organised crime group operated.
During police investigations, officers seized around 9kg of cocaine, 1kg of MDMA powder, nearly 5,000 MDMA tablets, 4kg of amphetamine powder, 3kg of Methoxetamine and 18kg of cannabis resin.
The combined street value was around £1.3m.
Following a seizure of a large amount of cocaine from an address in Newbury in January 2015, part of the organised crime group was partially dismantled.
Wadley fled to Spain, leaving others in control of the operation, but was arrested by Spanish police two months later and returned to the UK to face justice.
He and nine other gang members were jailed for more than 90 years in January 2016.
This triggered confiscation proceedings against Wadley, who was deemed to have benefited from his criminal activity, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The legislation allows the police to deprive criminals of what has been obtained from their crimes on top of any sentences imposed by the courts.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) applied for and were granted a Serious Crime Prevention Order against Wadley, placing restrictions when he is released on his communication devices, possession of cash, bank accounts, association and travel, which will be monitored for five years.
As part of the financial investigations the CPS and police have further secured confiscation orders against some of the others convicted in the conspiracy.
This includes £57,078.44 from Arthur DeSousa, 49, from Reading in May and £8,515 from Vasil Rica, 37, from Southend-On-Sea, Essex in September 2016.
Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell, head of Thames Valley Police Economic Crime Unit said: “The defendant [Wadley] had clearly benefited as a result of his ‘criminal lifestyle’, during this conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
“This another great success for our Stronghold campaign which tackles organised crime in the Thames Valley.
“Cash is the lifeblood of crime and cutting off supply not only removes the profits from crime but also stops the reinvestment into criminal enterprises.”