London dealer who had 253 wraps of heroin and cocaine in his body told to pay back £350
PUBLISHED: 12:19 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:55 01 October 2018
A London dealer who used a Gorleston address as a base to peddle drugs has been ordered by a court to hand over the £350 in cash and mobile phones found on him at his arrest.
Jermaine Marshall, 29, of Sidthorpe Road, London, was jailed for 40 months in August, for possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply after he was found to have 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine secreted in his body.
Marshall, who appeared via a video link from Norwich prison, was back at Norwich Crown Court for a confiscation hearing to try to claw back any cash from the his drug dealing operation.
John Morgans, prosecuting, said that there had been investigations carried out into any realisable assets Marshall might have, but said there were no assets other than the £350 in cash which was seized when Marshall was arrested and two mobile phones, which had been found with messages on them related to drug dealing, including one message which had boasted about the quality of the cocaine being offered describing it as “banging” and a message asking for the drugs to be restocked.
Judge Katharine Moore ordered for the cash and phones to be confiscated and also ordered the destruction of the drugs.
She said that Marshall should serve seven days in default of not paying the cash.
She gave him 56 days to pay and comply with the confiscation order.
Danielle Donovan appeared for Marshall at the brief hearing.
During his sentencing hearing the court heard how Marshall was arrested on April 24 this year after he left an address in Beach Road, and was taken to the station as police suspected he had drugs hidden on him. It was later discovered that he had secreted a package containing 32 wraps of heroin and 221 wraps of crack cocaine in his body.
Mr Morgans said that Marshall had played a “significant” role in the operation of bringing drugs from London to the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston area and had been using the Beach Road address as a base from which drugs were peddled.
His barrister Ms O’Donovan said that he had brought the drugs to Norfolk after running up a drugs debt, which he had to pay off to his dealers.
She said that while in prison he had remained drug free and had enrolled on courses.