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27-year-old drug dealer arrested in Sidcup must surrender more than £23,000

PUBLISHED: 13:19 31 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 31 December 2013

Joseph Pitts

Joseph Pitts

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A 27-year-old man arrested in Sidcup has had to surrender more than £23,000 he made from drug dealing.

Joseph Pitts, of Sparrows Lane, Eltham, was issued with a confiscation order for £23,567 on December 16 at Woolwich Crown Court.

On August 30, 2011, Pitts was stopped in his car by police and found with 18 small bags containing 25 grammes of cannabis. At his home police found 14 more bags containing 19 grammes of the drug.

Officers also found a stun gun disguised as a mobile phone and £23,280 cash inside a dishwasher.

Pitts was charged in July 2012 with two counts of possession with intent to supply cannabis, two counts of possession of cannabis, possession of criminal property and possession of a stun gun. He was convicted of all the offences and sentenced to 16 months in prison.

The cash police seized will count towards this total, leaving him to pay £287.

Det Sgt Michael McElroy said: “This case has been lengthy and difficult, but meticulous investigation has ensured justice has been done.

“Pitts denied the money was his and produced witnesses whom he claimed the money belonged to – but their evidence was not found to be credible.”

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