Wigan drug dealers ordered to repay £95k

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Police have seized more than £95,000 back from two convicted Wigan drug dealers.

In January last year Anthony Lynch and Karen Traynor were jailed for various drugs offences.

On Monday, a proceeds of crime hearing at Liverpool Crown Court told the pair to pay back more than £95,300.

Lynch, 55, from Newtown was sentenced to eight years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and the production and supply of cannabis.

He was ordered to repay £70,046.46 or face a further nine months in prison.

Financial investigators made enquiries into Lynch’s financial affairs and found that he had a pension in Malta valued to be worth around £28,500 and an apartment in Bulgaria worth approximately £19,500. He had failed to disclose his foreign assets to the Court and had moved the pension abroad while on bail.

Traynor, 55, of Whelley, was given to two years after pleading guilty to the production and supply of cannabis.

She must pay back £25,272.88 in the next three months or face another seven months behind bars – after which she would still owe the money.

Further inquiries into Traynor’s accounts revealed that she held equity in a property in Wigan and had £12,000 in an ISA.

PC John Litton from Greater Manchester Police’s Wigan division said: “I hope that this week’s result at court sends out a strong message to the public that crime does not pay. Not only will police do all we can to investigate those responsible for dealing drugs and committing other crimes in our communities, but we will also go out of our way to track down every penny that they have made from their criminality, so that we can seize it back.

“Both Traynor and Lynch now have to sell their assets to pay back these amounts within the next three months, or they will face further time in prison after which they will still owe that money as the debt is not cleared.

“Our officers work tirelessly to ensure that our communities are free from drug dealing and organised crime, but we need the public’s help to do that most effectively.

“If you suspect criminality is taking place in your area, in your communities, please tell police so we can try to remove those offenders from our streets.”