Cocaine dealer must pay back £24,000 after being caught running drug business with his girlfriend

Cocaine dealer must pay back 24,000 after being caught with 12,000 cash hidden under the stairs from booming drug business he ran with his girlfriend

  • Stephen Knight, 29, ordered to pay back 24,139.59 at Cardiff Crown Court
  • Last year he was caught running drugs business with his girlfriendat their home
  • Knight jailed for two years and four months last year following a police raid
  • Police found 12,000 cash hidden under their stairs and 2,000 of cocaine

A drug dealer who ran a booming cocaine business with his girlfriend has been ordered to pay back more than 24,000, a court heard today.

Stephen Knight, 29, and his girlfriend Kara Pope, 30, hid 12,000 in cash under their stairs while running the drugs operation.

The pair operated their drugs business from the home they shared with their young child.

Drug dealer Stephen Knight, 29, (left) who ran a booming cocaine business with his girlfriend Kara Pope, 30, (right) has been ordered to pay back more than 24,000, Cardiff Crown Court heard today

Drug dealer Stephen Knight, 29, (left) who ran a booming cocaine business with his girlfriend Kara Pope, 30, (right) has been ordered to pay back more than 24,000, Cardiff Crown Court heard today

The pair hid 12,000 in cash (pictured) under their stairs while running the drugs operation from the home they shared with their young child

The pair hid 12,000 in cash (pictured) under their stairs while running the drugs operation from the home they shared with their young child

Cardiff Crown Court heard Knight benefited from 26,643.59 from his crimes and had previously been jailed for two years and four months.

He has now been ordered to pay back 24,139.59 of the money he earned from his drugs business – which is spread across two Santander bank accounts.

Police raided Knight and Pope’s home in Abertillery, South Wales, between June and August and officers uncovered the cash beneath their stairs.

An additional 3,000 was also found around the house as well as 2,000-worth of cocaine.

Police raided Knight and Pope's home in Abertillery, South Wales, between June and August and officers uncovered the cash beneath their stairs

Police raided Knight and Pope’s home in Abertillery, South Wales, between June and August and officers uncovered the cash beneath their stairs

An additional 3,000 was also found around the house as well as 2,000-worth of cocaine (pictured) was found during a police raid at the house last year

An additional 3,000 was also found around the house as well as 2,000-worth of cocaine (pictured) was found during a police raid at the house last year

Prosecutor Paul Hewitt previously said: ‘Knight played the significant part and it was primarily his operation, but Pope was involved in a supporting role.’

The couple both pleaded guilty to the supply of cocaine and cannabis.

Knight also admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply.

Pope was previously handed a two year suspended sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

There were no Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings taken against her.

The couple both pleaded guilty to the supply of cocaine and cannabis. Knight also admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply

The couple both pleaded guilty to the supply of cocaine and cannabis. Knight also admitted possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply

Judge Daniel Williams ordered Knight to pay the sum by March 23, saying:’You will be sentenced to ten months in default of payment.’

At an earlier court hearing,Judge Recorder Greg Bull QC, said: ‘You were dealing in death.

‘You were street dealers of drugs in your home town and you both played a part in a profitable business.

‘The nature of your success was reflected in the fact that you had more than 15,000 in cash at your home. Class A drugs kill and cocaine leads to other drugs.

‘Knight, you knew what you were doing and it was highly successful and you dominated your girlfriend.’

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