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REVEALED: Wolverhampton drugs baron Karl Wilson made £10 MILLION from crime

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Drugs baron Karl Wilson made more than £10 million taking huge amounts of heroin and cocaine from Wolverhampton to sell in oil rich Aberdeen, it has been revealed.

Serving 16 years after admitting running the racket for seven years he has now been told to repay almost £400,000 within the next three months – or face an extra four years behind bars.

The order seems certain to force the 59-year-old to sell the luxury villa overlooking the sea at Bulls Bay in Jamaica he used as a bolt hole, along with his share of a bungalow in Yew Tree Lane, Tettenhall.

It came after Judge Martin Walsh ruled at Manchester Crown Court yesterday that Wilson made £10,161,510 from the drugs racket.

It was also agreed that he has assets worth a total of £397,989 bought with his drug money.

These include the villa, a partially built property also in Jamaica, the Wolverhampton bungalow and a £3,000 Mercedes car.

Wilson now has to pay that amount in three months with a four year prison sentence in default. An extension can be granted if he wants more time to pay.

The Jamaican-born villain launched the drugs racket in 2002 and ran it for seven years before fleeing to his Caribbean villa two months before police smashed the operation in February 2009.

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He fought a four-year losing battle against extradition and was returned to the UK in July 2014 before being jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court the following January.

Wilson rented a string of flats in Aberdeen where drug prices were higher than Wolverhampton and ran the operation until police swooped in February 2009, two months after he fled to the Caribbean.

His business partner Melanie Clarke - who later died in an accidental fire - told detectives: "Karl was in control of the drug supplying and everybody had to abide by him. He said what took place and you had to follow what he told you."

Mr Mark Heywood, QC, defending, said at last year's Wolverhampton Crown Court hearing: "He knows he has ruined his own life and helped to ruin the lives of many others.

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"His pleas of guilty were entered because he has given up. He is broken."

Det Con Phil Houghton – who had been on the case since the Organised Serious Crime Squad launched an inquiry into Wilson in October 2008 – said today: "It is very satisfying that he has finally got his just desserts after thinking he might get away with it for so long."

Nine significant members of his gang have been separately jailed for a total of 48 years. A tenth committed suicide before she could stand trial.

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