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Flintshire drug dealer ordered to repay £5,100

A DRUG dealer from Flintshire who helped flood North Wales with cocaine made £600,000 from the illegal enterprise, a court heard.

But James Lee Nevett will only have to pay back £5,100 – the value of a motorcycle and some jewellery seized by the police.

A second man who distributed the drug in Anglesey made £400,000 from it.

Michael Eccles, a garage owner, will have to repay £7,900.

But the agreed orders made under The Proceeds of Crime Act at Mold Crown Court will remain in force and should they come into money in the future then the authorities can seek to claim it.

In September of last year, nine members of the cocaine supply gang were jailed for a total of 44 years.

The gang – headed by business partners who ran a car wash business – was smashed thanks to undercover police work codenamed Operation Tricorn.

Nevett, 34, of Rayon Road, Greenfield, near Holywell, was described as one of the organisers of the gang that distributed cocaine throughout areas of North Wales.

The cocaine with a 57% purity was ‘imported’ from Liverpool and further diluted at a house in Halkyn.

Nevett was jailed for 10 years but it was reduced to eight and a half by the Court of Appeal.