Drug dealer is told to pay back the money he made in Portsmouth

Malicious letters detailing allegations against man being sent to homes in Portsmouth

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A DRUG dealer who was caught trying to flush heroin and crack cocaine down the toilet has been told to hand over nearly £3,000.

The money is cash Lawrence Mitchell made selling drugs in Portsmouth.

As previously reported Lawrence was jailed for five-and-a-half years after police caught him with the drugs at a flat in London Road, North End.

Now, the Crown Prosecution Service has clawed back his illegal profits.

Judge Sarah Munro QC ordered the 27-year-old to pay £2,825 under the Proceeds of Crime Act at a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

Mitchell, of Wanborough Drive, Putney, was jailed in June after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

His fellow dealer Tyrone Mitchell, 25, of no fixed address, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years at the same time.

Police burst in on Lawrence Mitchell after they arrested Tyrone Mitchell, in the street outside. When officers raided the flat the shout of ‘police, police’ sent him running to the bathroom to try to flush the rest of the drugs away.

The police managed to force the door open and fished out 23 wraps of heroin and two of cocaine, worth a total £1,020, from the toilet.

They also found £500 in cash during the search in August last year.