Gwent drug dealers must pay £2k back
3:10pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
TWO drug dealers must pay back money they made "enjoying the criminal lifestyle," a court heard.
Reece Morgan, 24, and Kelly Watkins, 22, appeared at Newport Crown Court where they were ordered to pay back more than £2,000 they made supplying drugs.
Both were given suspended jail sentences in December after admitting possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply and appeared in court this week for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.
Morgan, of Malpas Road, Newport was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years and Watkins, of Lewis Close, Garndiffaith, got a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.
Prosecutor David Pugh told the court that Morgan benefited by £2,000 from his exploits while Watkins made £369.23 from her role.
Mr Pugh said an assessment of the pair revealed Morgan has £1,060 in available assets to repay his debt while his partner in crime was able to repay her debt totally.
Defending Morgan, Simon Goodman said he was able to repay £240 immediately and was given an extra six months to pay back the outstanding £820. If he defaults, he will go to jail for 45 days.
Watkins was told she must pay back her share within three months and if she fails, she will be locked up for 14 days.
Judge Philip Richards said: "Each of you enjoyed a criminal lifestyle - you Reece Morgan by at least £2,000 and in your case Kelly Watkins by £369.23."