A drug dealer from Waterbeach serving 12-and-a-half years in jail must hand over an additional £253,000 in assets, a court has ordered.
Cyrus Kazak, 56, formerly of Woodpecker Way, was jailed in February 2014 for his role in a Cambridgeshire gang that supplied high purity cocaine and ecstasy to other gangs across the county and in Northamptonshire and Hampshire.
Kazak was arrested along with a number of accomplices in dawn raids in April 2012 during Operation Vanguard, which involved more than 250 officers.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, supplying cocaine, possession of ecstasy (MDMA) with intent to supply, and possession of ecstasy.
When he was initially sentenced, Kazak was subject to a confiscation order to recover the benefits of his criminal activity, thought to be worth £621,000. His assets at the time were valued at £65,200.
But using the Proceeds of Crime Act, financial investigators revisited the initial order to see if Kazak had acquired any new assets.
The Asset Confiscation Enforcement (ACE) team at the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit established that Kazak had further assets, including a pension policy and equity within a property.
The original order was increased at Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) by £253,265.49. If he doesn’t pay up, Kazak faces an extra year in prison.
ACE team manager Nick Bentley said: “Law enforcement work tirelessly to apprehend these dangerous individuals, but even once they’ve been jailed we continue to do whatever we can to make sure they have in no way benefitted from their reprehensible activities.
“Despite Kazak’s assets initially being valued at £65,000 our investigators have been able to prove he had a significant amount within a pension fund and in a property.
“He’ll now have to pay back the value of these assets or face a further year in prison.”
Kazak worked for Paul Wesley, 38, of Fowlmere Road, Foxton, who was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine between January 2010 and August 2012 and sentenced to 18 years for his leading role in the gang.
Money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime confiscation regime is initially paid to the government and sums can then be distributed to victims of crime, police forces or used for community projects.
The ERSOU ackles serious organised crime and the terrorism threat across the East of England. It comprises a regional organised crime unit and a counter terrorism policing unit and carries out investigations for police forces in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk.
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