Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Friday, May 2, 2014
A convicted member of an Albanian drugs gang responsible for bringing cocaine worth £750,000 from London to Norwich has been ordered to pay back almost £20, 000 - or serve an additional 11 months in prison.
Indrit Korra was one of four members of an “Albanian organised crime gang” sentenced to a total of more than 15 years after police smashed the drugs ring and recovered a total of 2,888 grammes of cocaine together with cutting agents and three mechanical presses.
Korra was sentenced five years and four months at Norwich Crown Court in September 2012 after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Korra, who was 26 at the time he was jailed and formerly of Mundesley Road, North Walsham, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
David Wilson, prosecuting, said the overall benefit figure was £345, 889.95 with the available amount being established as £19, 787.50 - from an original figure if £9, 547 - after further evidence had come to light.
Michael Clare, for Korra, said the defendant had “no way” of getting his hands on the money and was “prepared to serve time in default”.
Judge Nicholas Coleman ordered the defendant to pay £19,787.50 within four months adding that if he failed to pay he would serve “a sentence of 11 months in default of payment”.
The POCA legislation is used to ensure that those people who have been found by the courts to have benefited from crime, are forced to pay back the profit they have made from crime.