'Play with fire' ultimatum given to Yorkshire drug dealer

Razwan Hussain
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A Bradford man who was jailed after a huge drugs bust has been ordered to hand over £22,500 or face more time in prison.

YorkshireLive reported in September 2022 that Razwan Hussain, 32, and his brother Kamran, 34, had both been locked up after police seized 12 kilograms of crack cocaine and heroin from a property in Hoxton Street. The drugs haul in February 2022 was said to have a worth of over £600,000, and the brothers were jailed after they both admitted charges of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Razwan Hussain was jailed for nine years and six months while Kamran was jailed for eight years and four months.

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On Tuesday, Razwan Hussain appeared at Bradford Crown Court for his final hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Judge Ahmed Nadim, who had jailed him, was told that the parties had now agreed a confiscation figure.

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Hussain had argued that his only benefit from the crime was to have had a £6,000 drugs debt written off, but today defence and prosecution counsel agreed a benefit figure of £22,500.

The money, which amounts to Hussain’s equity share in the Hoxton Street property, will now have to be handed over within the next three months or he will face having to serve an extra nine months in jail.

Judge Nadim explained that even if Hussain ended up serving the extra nine months he would still have to pay the £22,500.

During the hearing Judge Nadim said: ”If the effect of taking away from the defendant the benefit of his criminal conduct is to force a sale of the matrimonial home that’s too bad. That’s what will happen. You play with fire you get burned. It’s really that simple.”

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