A drug dealer from Croydon has been ordered to pay back almost £900,000 that he gained through his criminal lifestyle.
Afamdi Maduabuch Unaka, 38, was arrested on 14th June 2012 in central Croydon after police received a tip-off that he was involved in money laundering. He was found in possession of £10,000 cash and arrested on suspicion of money laundering.
When officers carried out a search at his home address in Pampisford Road, they discovered 86 packets of cocaine in a wardrobe in his bedroom, weighing 1.3kg, with an estimated street value of approximately £260,000. Unaka was charged the next day with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Unaka pleaded guilty to the offence but claimed that he had simply found the drugs in a park, and that he was not involved further in the drugs trade or dealing.
A Newton hearing was held on 25th October 2012 and the judge concluded that Unaka played a leading role in the drug trade. The judge ruled that he was essentially working on his own behalf and not for an organised criminal network. Unaka was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.
Following his conviction, officers from the Met’s Criminal Finance Team began to investigate Unaka’s finances under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, with a view to confiscating any assets that he had gained through his criminal activity.
From statements and evidence seized at his home address, they discovered that he held various off-shore bank accounts based in Jersey and found evidence of overseas balance transfers to the USA, Nigeria and Peru.
In total officers identified that in the six years leading up to his arrest, Unaka had benefitted by just over £1,000,000 through his criminal activity.
At the end of the confiscation hearing on 6th November 2014, Unaka was ordered to repay just under £900,000, which is due to be retrieved from his accounts based in the UK or abroad. The £10,000 that was seized by police has also been confiscated as part of this.
The amount must be paid within six months, with five years further imprisonment if Unaka defaults on the payment.
Detective Constable Jim Cann, from the Met’s South West Criminal Finance Team, who carried out the financial investigation said: “It’s important that criminals are brought to justice, but it’s also important that they can’t profit from their crime after they’re released from prison and that the public gets to see that crime doesn’t pay.”