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Muswell Hill drug dealer must pay back £32,000

PUBLISHED: 10:58 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:06 07 September 2010

Clara Rothwell caught on CCTV

Clara Rothwell caught on CCTV

A MUSWELL Hill woman has been ordered to pay back more than £32,000 after being jailed for a string of drugs offences. Clara Rothwell, 59, of Muswell Hill Road, was sentenced to four years imprisonment in May this year for possession with intent to supply

A MUSWELL Hill woman has been ordered to pay back more than £32,000 after being jailed for a string of drugs offences.

Clara Rothwell, 59, of Muswell Hill Road, was sentenced to four years imprisonment in May this year for possession with intent to supply class A, B and C drugs and possession of criminal property.

Rothwell was found to have benefitted from £115,633.35 through her crimes by Haringey's payback unit. Following a full investigation into her finances they identified £32,852.58 of assets.

She has been ordered to pay the sum, or face an additional 20 months in jail.

Rothwell was snared during Operation Rize, a Met investigation which saw more than 500 police officers raid thousands of safety deposit boxes to retrieve guns, drugs and millions of pounds in criminal assets.

On opening Rothwell's safety deposit box at Hampstead Safe Depository in Finchley Road on June 8 2008, officers uncovered 830.1g of cocaine, 6,484 ecstasy tablets, 1.565kg of cannabis resin and £3,000 in cash.

She was later arrested at her home, where officers also discovered 1.549kg of cannabis resin, 1.661kg of herbal cannabis and £3,590 cash.

If the payback unit identifies any more assets, police will continue to pursue proceedings until the total value of £115,633.35 is paid back.

Det Supt Paul Hoare, who oversees the unit, said: "Our payback unit works hard to identify assets obtained through the proceeds of crime, this is an excellent result.

"The Met will not allow criminals to benefit from their crimes and we will do everything that we can to ensure that they are caught and ordered to pay back to the community."

Last year the payback unit obtained confiscation orders totalling more than £630,000. Already this year they have reclaimed almost £225,000.

DCI Terri Nicholson of SCD6, who carried out Operation Rize, said: "Without the assistance of borough payback units many of the Operation Rize investigations could not have been taken forward.

"By working together, a drug supplier has been convicted and imprisoned and her assets have been confiscated."

The investigating officer, DC Andrew O'Boy of Haringey's payback unit, added: "This is another fantastic result.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure that those who blight our communities with drugs are brought to justice and do not profit from the proceeds of their crimes.

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