Two members of a Liverpool based drug gang have been ordered by a court to pay back nearly £23,000.
Zakaira Ahmed ,24, and Ammin Hassan,25, travelled from Liverpool to sell crack cocaine and heroin to drug users in Macclesfield.
Police believe the two men were involved in a drugs conspiracy that had a potential value of between £71,000 to £142,000.
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Between July 2019 and July 2020 Ahmed used graft mobile phones to advertise and facilitate the sale of the drugs in the town.
Both men were members of the Liverpool based 'Mitch Gang' which sold drugs in the Macclesfield area.
The gang also recruited three youths from Northamptonshire to assist with the drug dealing operation.
During a wave of raids police recovered 91 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, multiple phones and £860 in cash.
The two men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and were sentenced on December 14 2020 at Chester Crown Court.
Ahmed of Millennium Road in Toxteth and Hassan , also from Liverpool, both received a seven-year and six month sentence.
When Ahmed was arrested at his Toxteth home police found £19,470 in cash in his wardrobe along with a Norwegian passport and Dior training shoes worth around £850.
Two months later, Hassan handed himself in to a police station after a wanted appeal was issued by Cheshire Constabulary.
Following their sentences a timetable was set under the Proceeds of Crime Act and an investigation began into Ahmed and Hassan’s finances.
The investigation identified Ahmed had gained £19,480 from his criminal conduct and Hassan had profited £3,200.
On November 24 the case was called back to Chester Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime hearing.
The judge ordered Ahmad and Hassan to pay a total of £22,800.
Detective Sergeant Angela Coppock, from Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: “Ahmed and Hassan were part of a county lines organised crime group for financial gain.
“The gang also used youngsters to assist with their drug dealing and preyed on vulnerable adults who have addictions.
“The police’s work doesn’t always stop at a prison sentence. We can go one step further by using the Proceeds of Crime Act to hit them financially where it hurts.
“The money they have been ordered to pay back will be spent on improving local communities.”
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