A COCAINE dealer has been forced to hand over £40,000 he made from selling the Class A drug over 6 years.
Austen Seivewright, 33, was made subject to the confiscation order at Perth Sheriff Court today.
The money will be re-invested in Scottish communities under Proceeds of Crime legislation.
Sievewright pleaded guilty to involvement in the supply of cocaine in August 2013, after being caught with 250g of the substance, which had a wholesale value of £7,500.
He was later sentenced to two years and four months imprisonment.
Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism, said:“Sievewright was responsible for dealing significant quantities of controlled drugs into the Perth area, and clearly thought that he could continue to profit from his crimes.
“Not only have we seized the drugs he was found with, not only has he been convicted and imprisoned, but today we have secured the confiscation of his entire illegal income for the six years prior to his arrest.
“I hope this sends a warning to criminals in Scotland, that thanks to our specialist accountants and the powers of the Proceeds of Crime Act, illegal earnings they may have thought to be safe can still be taken from them.”