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‘£28m’ drugs boss from Accrington faces more jail time
A ‘£28 million’ drugs boss who made more than £1 million from crime has been warned he faces more time in jail over £11,900 of unpaid ill-gotten gains.
Martin Day, 43, had been head of a gang of organised dealers, in Accrington, involved in the importation of drugs, said by police to be worth £28 million.
He was jailed for 16 years in 2010 after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.
At the time, police said Day had lived a lavish lifestyle, with two properties in Gran Canaria and flash cars.
He was one of 14 men jailed for a total of more than 100 years for what Preston Crown Court heard was the ‘professional acquisition, storage and wholesale distribution of drugs in industrial quantities’. Day, formerly of East Street, Hapton, was the ‘director and organiser’ of the gang.
At a proceeds of crime hearing at Preston Crown Court on in September 2012, Judge Simon Newell found Day had benefited from £1 million from the plot and the realisable amount he was ordered to pay was £101,952.37.
At a further proceeds of crime hearing on Friday, Burnley Crown Court was told £11,900 was still to be paid.
Judge Newell varied the original confiscation order and said Day must pay the £11,900 or serve seven months in prison in default.
Sentencing him in December 2010, Judge Newell said Day had run the operation in a ‘professional and business-like way’ with a ‘defined and structured chain of command’. Day was said to have distanced himself from the hands-on activities of the enterprise, but was alert to surveillance.
He and his accomplices had been arrested, the sentencing hearing had been told, after an investigation by Lancashire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.
When Day was detained, he had a bullet-proof vest, wireless detectors, scanning equipment and a book on advanced surveillance.
Day served eight years in jail, imposed when he was 29, for amphetamine production.
Last August, his wife Sarah, 32, was given a suspended prison sentence for converting criminal proceeds to fund a ‘luxury lifestyle’.
A jury had convicted her of benefiting from £16,575 of criminal cash, which she spent on designer clothing, shoes and handbags. She had been given 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 120 hours’ unpaid work.