Drug dealers stripped of crime money

A PAIR of convicted drug dealers have been stripped of the proceeds from their crime.Heidi Baxter and Paul Cunnington appeared before Ipswich Crown Court where applications to confiscate money they had made from their criminal activities were made.

A PAIR of convicted drug dealers have been stripped of the proceeds from their crime.

Heidi Baxter and Paul Cunnington appeared before Ipswich Crown Court where applications to confiscate money they had made from their criminal activities were made.

The pair are both already serving jail terms after admitting charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in August this year.

They were sentenced alongside dealer Clive Hutson, who was given a five-year term in prison.

Cunnington, 32, was sentenced to 25 months and Baxter, 40, was given 21 months in prison.

Hutson sat alongside them in the dock yesterday but was not made the subject of a confiscation order.

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Judge Peter Thompson heard applications for money already seized from Cunnington and Baxter to be permanently confiscated.

The applications were made using the Proceeds of Crime Act and the court heard Cunnington had made £3,209.30 from his part in drug dealing. However, the application was to confiscate £389.30, which was the amount of money seized and already held by Suffolk Police.

The court was told Baxter had made £4550.51 through her criminal lifestyle and in her case the money to be confiscated amounted to £1350.51.

Judge Thompson agreed with both applications and the money will now be passed on to the court service by Suffolk Police.

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