South Shields gun offender to pay back £30,000
A South Shields man convicted of firearms and drug offences has been ordered to pay back £30,000.
Paul Lee, 34, of Chaucer Avenue, was jailed for nine years in December after cocaine, a pistol and bullets were discovered in his home.
Following a Northumbria Police investigation, it was estimated he earned £30,000 from criminal activity.
Lee was ordered to make an initial payment of £2,322 at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday.
The remainder of the debt will be paid back over time.
Insp Peter Sutton said: "This latest case shows that those who seek to benefit financially from any crime not only risk a prison sentence but also risk losing the cash that they have gained through their criminal activities."