Drug dealer Daniel Gilbert ordered to sell home to pay £26k compensation

Daily Echo: Daniel Gilbert after his appearance at Southampton Crown Court. Daniel Gilbert after his appearance at Southampton Crown Court.

A MAN jailed after being caught with thousands of pounds worth of drugs and cannabis plants has had a property he owns taken from him by the courts.

Daniel Gilbert was jailed for 20 months in August last year after a judge heard how he had been involved in a £40,000 drugs racket.

It came after police stopped a car driven by Gilbert at the junction of Romsey Road and Coxford Road, Southampton, and in the foot well recovered about 1.84 kilos of skunk cannabis.

It would have been worth about £23,000 if dealt. They later searched his home and discovered 24 young cannabis plants.

Their yield would have been worth about £20,000 if fully grown. Gilbert, 40, of Chestnut Road, Shirley Warren, had admitted possessing cannabis and being concerned in its production but insisted he had acted as a “custodian” for the drugs rather than as a dealer.

But now, using the Proceeds of Crime Act, judge Derwin Hope has ordered that he sells his small terrace house in Pentre, in South Wales and forfeit £1,620 of cash found by police because he ruled Gilbert, who has scores of previous convictions, had been profiting from his criminal lifestyle.

If he does not pay up he is going back to jail for 14 months.

Gilbert told a confiscation hearing at Southampton Crown Court that he was simply keeping the drugs for dealers.

After being caught by police, the court heard how dealers had come round and beat him up because they had been left out of pocket after police seized their drugs. Gilbert said this forced him to borrow money to pay them back and that now he is penniless.

He said: “I have been extorted by drug dealers and now am being pressurised by the Crown for something I never had. It is soul destroying.”

He said a large part of more than £20,000 of money coming into his NatWest bank account had been to do with small scale second-hand car dealing – however was unable to explain all the transactions and said he dealt mostly in cash and did not use banks.

During this period, he claimed, he was under the influence of strong painkillers following a car accident in May 2010 that had left him hobbling about on crutches to this day.

Ordering Gilbert to hand the state £26,620, Judge Hope said: “It is an all too familiar tale for anyone foolish enough to be involved with drug dealers.” Gilbert was given six months to sell his house.

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12:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Ozmosis says...

Keeping it for a friend - that's the excuse kids use. 1.83kg is hardly for personal use so I have little sympathy
Keeping it for a friend - that's the excuse kids use. 1.83kg is hardly for personal use so I have little sympathy Ozmosis
  • Score: 17

12:25pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Essruu says...

Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road.

This is poor reporting from a local newspaper.
Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road. This is poor reporting from a local newspaper. Essruu
  • Score: -6

12:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth
Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth Woolston ollie
  • Score: 16

12:51pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Zexagon says...

Essruu wrote:
Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road.

This is poor reporting from a local newspaper.
30ft of Rownhams rd?
[quote][p][bold]Essruu[/bold] wrote: Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road. This is poor reporting from a local newspaper.[/p][/quote]30ft of Rownhams rd? Zexagon
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

I'm confused as a drug dealer who got 18 years (out in 7-8) was later found out and about with 40k's worth of drugs in his boot and he only received 18 months despite the previous big conviction ?

Wheres the bench marks ?
I'm confused as a drug dealer who got 18 years (out in 7-8) was later found out and about with 40k's worth of drugs in his boot and he only received 18 months despite the previous big conviction ? Wheres the bench marks ? massimoosti
  • Score: 7

2:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

dockboy says...

Have you lot got no sympathy, the poor guys on crutches, and the nasty drug dealers beat him up. He was only doing a mate a favour.
Where’s the justice I ask you.
Have you lot got no sympathy, the poor guys on crutches, and the nasty drug dealers beat him up. He was only doing a mate a favour. Where’s the justice I ask you. dockboy
  • Score: -1

2:41pm Tue 24 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

seems bit harsh, just bit of weed like
seems bit harsh, just bit of weed like ToastyTea
  • Score: -6

2:58pm Tue 24 Jun 14

rudolph_hucker says...

I think it's funny
I think it's funny rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -11

3:58pm Tue 24 Jun 14

shirlski says...

I'm surprised he didn't turn up to court in a wheelchair for maximum 'poor me' effect. He seems to be paying a heavy price so can't fault the courts this time.
I'm surprised he didn't turn up to court in a wheelchair for maximum 'poor me' effect. He seems to be paying a heavy price so can't fault the courts this time. shirlski
  • Score: 4

7:49pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth
Really? Scum of the earth?
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth[/p][/quote]Really? Scum of the earth? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -5

9:17pm Tue 24 Jun 14

SotonGreen says...

Someone else's life ruined by a crazy obsession with trying to legislate people into healthy middle of the road lifestyles. It is long since time we should legislate to legalise.
Someone else's life ruined by a crazy obsession with trying to legislate people into healthy middle of the road lifestyles. It is long since time we should legislate to legalise. SotonGreen
  • Score: -9

11:03pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Reality-man says...

Essruu wrote:
Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road.

This is poor reporting from a local newspaper.
Bore off zzzzzzzzz
[quote][p][bold]Essruu[/bold] wrote: Romsey Road does not form a junction with Coxford Road. This is poor reporting from a local newspaper.[/p][/quote]Bore off zzzzzzzzz Reality-man
  • Score: 5

11:56pm Tue 24 Jun 14

sarfhamton says...

He looks cheerful tho
He looks cheerful tho sarfhamton
  • Score: 3

2:09am Wed 25 Jun 14

huckit P says...

So if the money was proceeds from a second-hand car sales business maybe the taxman will get him next!
So if the money was proceeds from a second-hand car sales business maybe the taxman will get him next! huckit P
  • Score: 5

5:57am Wed 25 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote: Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth
Really? Scum of the earth?
Yes mate SCUM of the earth. unless you require one.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: Hopefully he will lose everthing. Drug dealers scum of the earth[/p][/quote]Really? Scum of the earth?[/p][/quote]Yes mate SCUM of the earth. unless you require one. Woolston ollie
  • Score: 6

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