Scarcroft drug cash cleaner ordered to pay nearly £1million

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A SCARCROFT businessman who laundered drugs cash for heroin traffickers must hand over almost £1m criminal profits.

Paul Morgan, 42, of Syke Lane, was jailed for five-and-a-half years in March after being convicted of money laundering for a criminal gang who imported at least 300kg of heroin worth millions of pounds into the UK.

Now the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has been granted a confiscation order for £933,422 against Morgan.

Sitting at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Sally Cahill QC ruled that if Morgan does not pay the money within six months, he faces a further four years jail and will still be liable for the money owed.

The court heard Morgan owned, or had owned, a string of properties in the Yorkshire area including public houses, development land and a residential property.

Judge Cahill deemed them to be the proceeds of crime.

Morgan was part of a 27-strong Bradford-based criminal gang who were jailed for a total of 200 years.