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Major drug dealer ordered to repay more than £150k

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A Bradford drug dealer who claimed he had no assets has been ordered to repay more than £150,000, following a police investigation into his finances.

Paul Capuvanno, of Greenfield Lane, Bierley, claimed he was unable to pay off a confiscation order for almost £1m made against him in 2009 – three years after he was jailed for eight years for possession with intent to supply cocaine and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

But in 2010, police recovered an Aston Martin DB9 car and subsequently established that this belonged to the 44-year-old.

Further enquiries about his finances revealed that he also owned land at the former Wapping Road School site in Bradford. This land has now been restrained while the investigation into his assets continues.

Earlier this month, the courts ruled that Capuvanno must pay back £164,520 in six months or face another two years in prison.

Speaking after the order was made, financial investigations manager David Charity, said: “Capuvanno is an organised criminal, who has tried desperately to conceal his wealth through a myriad of companies, accounts and third parties.

“But this should act as a warning that we will continue to investigate the assets of criminals until every penny that can possibly be recovered, has been.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: “Cases like these highlight the considerable amount of money we can potentially recover from criminal enterprises and which could be used to the benefit of local people and police.”

If you are facing drug-related charges of any kind then you should seek legal advice immediately. At Lester Morrill, we have years of experience of representing clients in such cases. For more information on how our Leeds-based criminal law team can assist you, contact us today.