A member of a drugs gang linked with 2kg of high purity cocaine has been ordered to pay back £190,000 - despite making £1.1m.
John Knight was found guilty of conspiracy to supply the class A drug following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court in September 2017.
The defendant and his co-defendants Jason Theobold, Lyndon Evans and Lec Gjoka were involved in the conspiracy between August 2016 and April 2017.
Knight was subsequently sentenced to 18 years imprisonment, while Gjoka was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment, Theobold to 10 years imprisonment and Evans to nine years imprisonment.
Outlining in the case at the group's trial, prosecutor Matthew Cobbe said: "The prosecution say these men were working together to bring cocaine from London down the M4 to south Wales.”
He told the jury their activities “unravelled” on March 15, 2017, after Stuart Jarman drove to London to collect cocaine from Gjoka in what prosecutors alleged was the group’s ninth drugs run.
Mr Cobbe said: “But on that occasion, the police intervened.”
The court heard he was stopped at Membury Services on the M4, where police searched his van and found a blue plastic bag behind the driver’s seat.
Analysis revealed the pack contained 2kg of cocaine at 80% purity with a potential street value of around £450,000.
Prosecutors alleged Knight led the operation in south Wales, with Theobold assisting him. They said Evans and Jarman drove to collect drugs from Gjoka in south east London.
A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday heard Knight, 39, of Pleasant Street, Pentre, benefited to a tune £1,144,371 as a result of the conspiracy.
But the figure available for the defendant to pay back was calculated to be £190,000, of which £100,000 was already in the possession of the authorities.
Judge Jeremy Jenkins ordered Knight to pay £190,000 within three months or receive three years imprisonment in default.
At an earlier hearing, Theobald, 45, of Hill Street, Rhymney, was ordered to pay back £75,300 within 28 days or receive three-and-a-half years imprisonment.
Evans, 40, of Wind Street, Ammanford, was ordered to pay £350 within 28 days or face seven days imprisonment in default.