A judge has ordered £710 to be confiscated from a Rugby man who escaped jail “by a whisker” earlier this year after supplying cannabis to friends.
Daniel Scullion was given a 20-week suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court in January.
Scullion, 23, of Ashwood Court, Rounds Gardens, had pleaded guilty to possessing a quantity of cannabis with intent to supply it.
But a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act was adjourned for an investigation into his finances.
And at the resumed hearing, prosecutor Matthew Brook said it had been agreed that Scullion’s benefit from drug dealing had been £3,405 and he had available assets of £710.
So Recorder Nigel Baker QC made a confiscation order for £710 – with a 14-day prison sentence if Scullion does not pay it within three months.
During the original hearing Mr Brook said that in October the police raided Scullion’s home while he was still in bed, and found 10.3 grams of loose cannabis and a wrap containing 1.75 grams, together with torn corners of plastic bags ready to be used for wrapping deals and equipment for growing cannabis. Recorder Sam Mainds told him at the time: “You are within a whisker of going to prison.”