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Father and son drug dealers must repay pounds 130,000; Drug factory in bathroom earned pair pounds 700,000.

Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY

FATHER and son coke dealers who made hundreds of thousands of pounds through their bathroom drugs factory must cough up their dirty crime cash.

David Charlton and his dad George were caught in the act cutting a huge stash of cocaine in the bath at their family home when police raided the property last year.

And the dealing duo were both jailed last December for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. But financial investigators have estimated the pair made almost pounds 700,000 before their drugs empire was brought down.

And this week a judge has ordered that they repay pounds 130,000 between them or face more time behind bars.

The Charltons were arrested in June 2009 when officers stormed their Gateshead home, following an investigation by Northumbria Police's Total Policing Task Force.

Police found the pair surrounded in a cocaine cloud cutting the drug with a diluting agent in the bath tub.

Charlton Snr had frantically tried to flush the powder down the bath when his front door was smashed in by police.

But when they searched the home on Coltsfoot Gardens, Felling, and associated business premises in Reay Street, Bill Quay, and Heworth Way, Pelaw, officers discovered hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs and luxury items, including Rolex watches and a plasma television.

Police seized two kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of around pounds 300,000, four kilos of cannabis resin worth around pounds 8,000 and seven ounces of amphetamine sulphate worth pounds 1,800.

Officers also recovered around pounds 60,000 in cash.

In December last year, David Charlton, 30, of Haggerstone Mews, Winlaton, was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply amphetamine.

And George Charlton, 55, of Coltsfoot Gardens, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The pair must pay-up within six months or serve an extra 18 months in jail.

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Date:Dec 8, 2010
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