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Jailed drugs man set to lose home.

A DRUG dealer who spent pounds 75,000 on cars and a house with the profits from selling cannabis has been jailed for three years.

Anthony Hawkins, who is married with a young child, will also lose his home to pay a pounds 91,000 confiscation order imposed by a judge at Warwick Crown Court.

Hawkins, aged 32, of Orwell Close, Galley Common, Nuneaton, pleaded guilty to four charges of supplying cannabis resin and one of possessing the drug with intent to supply it. He also admitted possessing herbal cannabis and amphetamine for his own use.

Andrew Wallace, prosecuting, said Hawkins was a significant commercial dealer in cannabis resin, making large profits by selling the drug to other dealers.

He said: "Significant amounts of cash were put towards the house, pounds 47,000, just under pounds 33,000 towards the purchase of motor vehicles, pounds 3,600 in cash was recovered at his home, and pounds 13,500 had been spent on improvements to the home - and all within the previous year or so."

Hawkins was arrested after police found a stash of cannabis with a street value of up to pounds 48,000 which he had buried in Arley Woods.

Last April police followed his Vauxhall Frontera to the woods, where Hawkins stopped and walked in. After he left, officers followed his footprints and found two separate stashes about five feet apart.

In one they uncovered four nine-bars of cannabis resin, while in the other they found 40 similar 9oz bars. Instead of seizing the drugs, police coated the bars with invisible ultraviolet dye and left them.

When Hawkins returned to the woods and collected a bar he was arrested.

Officers found amphetamine worth pounds 606 and herbal cannabis worth almost pounds 400 at Hawkins' home.

Ben Nicholls, defending, said Hawkins' other sources of income involved smuggled cigarettes and mobile phones.

Judge James Pyke had earlier ruled that Hawkins' benefit from drug trafficking had been pounds 181,000 and that he had seizable assets, including his home, of pounds 91,941.

Mr Nicholls said: "He has lost everything. He will lose his house and his cars. He has brought that not only on himself, but on his family, his wife and his young child who is not in the best of health."
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Date:Apr 24, 2001
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