Drug dealer ordered to repay £39,000

Daily Echo: Joshua Jhugroo Joshua Jhugroo

A drug dealer has been forced to repay more than £39,000 he made profiting from crime.

Joshua Jhugroo must return £39,232.41 in the next six months or spend a further 15 months in prison.

He was jailed for four years in August at Southampton Crown Court after being found guilty of supplying cocaine, possessing criminal property and converting criminal property by purchasing a £20,000 BMW with drug sales cash and laundered money.

Jhugroo was also convicted of possessing cocaine and being concerned in the supply of a class B drug.

The confiscation order was made at a civil hearing on November 29, also at Southampton, under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The 31-year-old was arrested in June 2012 after police raided his house in Calmore Road, Totton, seizing £17,000 in cash and a quantity of cocaine as part of Operation Fortress, a campaign cracking down on violent crime surrounding drugs.

Det Sgt Matt Taylor, of the Fortress team, said: “The judge at the sentencing hearing made it clear that the money seized from Jhugroo’s house and the cash he used to buy his BMW came from the proceeds of crime.

“Jhugroo claimed that he worked as a boxing promoter and that the numerous text messages we found on his phone were requesting tickets rather than drugs.

“We were able to prove otherwise and he’s now facing a long stretch behind bars.”

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7:40am Tue 10 Dec 13

hmw says...

Yay! Does this mean I get my money back?
Yay! Does this mean I get my money back? hmw

10:50am Tue 10 Dec 13

Jesus_02 says...

I think at the moment I would take 6 months for 39grand thats almost as much as an MP is on :)
I think at the moment I would take 6 months for 39grand thats almost as much as an MP is on :) Jesus_02

12:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Charlie Bucket says...

Good that he's been caught and all, but to whom exactly is he "paying back" this money?
Good that he's been caught and all, but to whom exactly is he "paying back" this money? Charlie Bucket

3:02pm Tue 10 Dec 13

RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE says...

Still waiting on my boxing tickets !
Still waiting on my boxing tickets ! RED & WHITE..RED & WHITE

8:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

userds5050 says...

Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's runnin', but half of them ain't lookin'
What's going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin'
They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
If they can't understand it, how can they reach me
I guess they can't, I guess they won't
I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool
Been spendin' most their lives, livin' in the gangsta's paradise
Minute after minute, hour after hour Everybody's runnin', but half of them ain't lookin' What's going on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin' They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me If they can't understand it, how can they reach me I guess they can't, I guess they won't I guess they front, that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool Been spendin' most their lives, livin' in the gangsta's paradise userds5050

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