Tayside and Central Scotland

Man jailed over Perth cocaine deal ordered to pay £40,000

A Perth man who was jailed for dealing cocaine has been ordered to pay back £40,000 under proceeds of crime laws.

Austen Sievewright, 33, was caught with £7,500 of the Class A drug in a sports centre car park in Perth.

He was jailed for 28 months, along with another man, in 2013 after pleading guilty to being involved in the supply of cocaine.

A confiscation order for £40,000 was granted following a hearing at Perth Sheriff Court.

Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime and counter-terrorism, said: "Sievewright was responsible for dealing significant quantities of controlled drugs into the Perth area, and clearly thought that he could continue to profit from his crimes.

"Not only have we seized the drugs he was found with, not only has he been convicted and imprisoned, but today we have secured the confiscation of his entire illegal income for the six years prior to his arrest.

"I hope this sends a warning to criminals in Scotland, that thanks to our specialist accountants and the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act, illegal earnings they may have thought to be safe can still be taken from them."

The money will be reinvested in community facilities through the Scottish government's Cashback for Communities scheme.

A Perth man jailed for dealing cocaine has been ordered to pay back £40,000.

Austen Sievewright was jailed in 2013 after police spotted him taking part in a drug deal in a sports centre car park.

The 33-year-old was caught with Class A drugs with a street value of £7,500, and pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of cocaine.

A confiscation order for £40,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act has been granted at Perth Sheriff Court.

Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime and counter-terrorism, said: "Sievewright was responsible for dealing significant quantities of controlled drugs into the Perth area, and clearly thought that he could continue to profit from his crimes.

"Not only have we seized the drugs he was found with, not only has he been convicted and imprisoned, but today we have secured the confiscation of his entire illegal income for the six years prior to his arrest.

"I hope this sends a warning to criminals in Scotland, that thanks to our specialist accountants and the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act, illegal earnings they may have thought to be safe can still be taken from them."

The money will be reinvested in community facilities through the Scottish government's Cashback for Communities scheme.

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