Leigh Park drug dealer ordered to pay back £7,700 of ill-gotten gains made from selling cocaine, MDMA and ketamine

A DRUG dealer has been ordered to pay up £7,700 after a judge ruled he made more than £12,000 from selling cocaine, MDMA and ketamine.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 7:00 am

Lee Harvey, 23, was ordered to pay back the cash at Portsmouth Crown Court having previously been spared jail.

Harvey was arrested by police investigating the tragic MDMA deaths of 20-year-old Tommy Cowan and 18-year-old Georgia Jones.

The pair died in 2018 having taken ecstasy on the first night of Mutiny Festival at King George V playing fields on May 26, 2018.

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Lee Harvey, 23, of Owslebury Grove, Leigh Park, at a previous court appearance

Prosecutors previously confirmed ‘no evidential link’ between Harvey’s dealing and the pair’s deaths.

Harvey, of Owslebury Grove, Leigh Park, admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs cocaine and MDMA, and the class B drug ketamine, between April 3 in 2017 and May 29, 2018.

Financial investigators launched a bid to claw back any money Harvey made in the illegal trade.

Last week judge David Melville QC ruled he had benefited to the tune of £12,048 and he had £7,707 available.

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Harvey must pay the near £8,000 figure in three months or face five months in jail.

If he comes into more money or assets in the future police can ask the judge to order he pay over more money – up to the £12,000 profits of the illicit dealing.

As reported, Harvey’s home was searched in May 2018 and 100 Silver Audi MDMA tablets with a street value of £500-£1,000 were found.

An inquest into the deaths of Tommy and Georgia concluded they had died of taking Silver Audis - but the drugs Harvey sold did not lead to their deaths.

Police found £45 worth of ketamine during the raid at Harvey’s address and cash of £2,400.

Later the same day Harvey was caught red-handed by police travelling in his car towards Portsmouth with six packets of ketamine and two packets of cocaine with cash of £600.

Drugs paraphernalia including scales and bags were found.

When he was sentenced last March a judge said Harvey was ‘rehabilitated in every way’.

He is still serving the two-year suspended term he was handed with 300 hours of unpaid work.

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