Drug dealer caught in Shropshire given order to pay back just over £100

A drug dealer who “cuckooed” a home in Ludlow to use as an operating base has been ordered to pay just over £100 to the public purse.

Shrewsbury Crown Court
Shrewsbury Crown Court

Theo Thomas, 27, was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court in August 2019 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

He was found in possession of £100 worth of cannabis hidden in an empty crisp tube and £930 cash. He was jailed for 19 months.

Thomas was arrested along with co-defendant Sebastian Snow in October 2018 when police executed a warrant at a house in Milton Road following a tip-off. They were both in the property at the time along with a quantity of drugs.

At a proceeds of crime hearing on Thursday he was ordered to pay £112.68 from his available assets.

Thomas, of Robert Road, Birmingham, has served his prison term.

Cuckooing is associated with county lines drug dealing that sees offenders from outside the area take over the home of a vulnerable resident.

When he was sentenced DS Andy Chatting, from the Local Organised Crime Team based in Shrewsbury, said: “I hope this sends out a warning to drug dealers who think they can come into our county to deal drugs that we are targeting them and taking action to make sure they are put before the courts and ultimately jailed.”

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