E-scooter riding Nottingham dealer made almost £40,000 on city's streets

A Nottingham dealer who made tens of thousands of pounds selling class A drugs on the streets of the city has had his dirty cash seized from him. A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, at Nottingham Crown Court, heard how Long Duong benefited to the tune of almost £40,000 peddling heroin and cocaine to addicts and users in the Radford area.

But when he was arrested his assets - some £16,000 of them - were taken. Now the 43-year-old has been deprived of them permanently. Judge Julie Warburton told this week’s hearing: “I find the benefit amount to be £39,726.02 and the realisable assets to be £16,837.56. You have three months to pay that and the time in default (potential extra prison sentence if he does not) is six months.”

The Proceeds of Crime Act (or POCA) allows the police to apply for cash to be seized from criminals who have made their money from ill-gotten gains. It is typically used after drug dealers have been sentenced and can see criminals forced to sell properties, cars or jewellery that belong to them to pay the cash back.

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The money that is seized is usually split 50-50 between the police and the Government and is often used to fund community projects. Importantly, if a convicted criminal comes into money later in life that he or she does not currently have, police can still apply to have that seized.

At his sentencing hearing at the same court last September, it was told how police stopped Duong when he was riding an e-scooter around Nottingham and found he had heroin, cocaine, nunchucks and a BB gun in his shoulder bag. The defendant was spotted by officers in the Radford area and they suspected he was involved in drug dealing.

They tried to stop him but he rode off before being stopped and searched in Palin Street. Police found the Glock pistol BB gun and nunchucks, as well as 87 wraps of heroin, 17 wraps of crack cocaine, and two burner phones before he was arrested on September 22, 2021.

Officers took Duong's keys and searched his home in Derwent Court, Radford, where they found heroin and thousands of pounds of cash. The defendant went on to plead guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Radford, between July 1, 2021 and September 23, 2021, and possession of an imitation firearm and offensive weapon in a public place, on September 22, 2021.

Giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court, he said he had the BB gun for target practice and the nunchucks were in his bag because he practices the Jeet June Do martial art.

On that occasion, Judge Nirmal Shant KC concluded Duong's explanation “flew in the face of common sense” and deemed he had been carrying the weapons “for the purpose of defending himself or his drugs.” He was jailed for three years and nine months.

Speaking after sentence last September, PC Adam Scotney, of the city knife crime team, said: “As a force, we’re committed to doing everything in our power to crack down on those involved in the supply of illegal drugs and weapon-related crime. Guns and other dangerous weapons have no place on our streets, and we will always take action to keep people safe and protect them from the harm caused by those who commit such offences.”