Payback for convicted drug dealer

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Fazal Raja Ali ordered to pay back over £35,000

A CONVICTED Birmingham drugs dealer has been ordered to hand over £35,000 cash following a successful application by officers from West Midlands Police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Fazal Raja Ali, from Pritchett Tower, Small Heath was sent to prison for five years at Birmingham Crown Court for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

The 69-year-old was also ordered to pay back £35,660 after the Force Payback Team made a successful forfeiture application at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Ali was originally arrested on Bristol Rd, Birmingham on 11 December 2010 after an ANPR activation on his car. He was seen to discard a small package of class ‘A’ drugs. Further class ‘A’ drugs was found in his car and he was arrested. He was also found to have £230 in his car and £735 in his jacket.

Following a search of his flat in Small Heath. officers uncovered cannabis, heroin and crack cocaine. A holdall was also found containing £34,695, making a total of £35,660.67 seized under POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) under cash seizure rules and subsequently forfeited.

Detective Sergeant Dave Treacy from the Force Payback Team said: “This is an excellent example of how the proceeds of crime legislation can be used to take away profits and assets amassed by criminals who choose to deal drugs. We hope that this order will send a strong message to criminals that crime does not pay.”

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