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Monkey Dust Kingpin from England Ordered to pay back just £2,145 Despite Making £87k from Selling the Drug on Streets

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He was jailed for more than 2 years for reselling the drug that he purchased from dark web as reported by Darknetstats last year.

Monkey dust importer Michael McGraw has been ordered to repay just £2,145 of the £87,000 he made from selling the drug to dozens of addicts.

The 50-year-old was involved in bringing monkey dust to this country and then selling it on the streets between June 1, 2018 and April 17, 2019.

He was jailed for 27 months at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court in August 2019.

But he re-appeared at the same court this week for a Proceeds of Crime hearing

Judge David Fletcher ruled McGraw benefited from his criminality by £87,000 and made a confiscation order for the available amount of £2,145.

The cash has to be paid within three months or he will face 28 days in jail.

And the judge warned McGraw that if he comes into any money at any stage in the future he can expect the authorities to collect the balance of £84,855.

Judge Fletcher said: “The benefit was £87,000 and the available amount is £2,145. I make a confiscation order for £2,145 which is to be paid within three months. Failure to make payment in that amount results in a prison sentence in default of 28 days.

“If at any stage in the future it is discovered you have come into any money you can expect the balance to be paid.”

McGraw, of Rochester Road, Longton, was jailed last August after he pleaded guilty to the ‘fraudulent evasion of a prohibition by importing a class B drug’ between June 1, 2018 and April 17, 2019; supplying a class B drug; and acquiring criminal property between July 1, 2017 and December 21, 2018.

The court heard he bought the class B drug on the internet and tried to get it into the UK through Coventry Airport.

But police intercepted some packages and more monkey dust was seized when they searched the defendant’s home.

Prosecutor Paul Spratt said: “Monkey dust is a chemically-manufactured drug which has significant effects on users. It gives people hallucinations, paranoia, and a loss of pain making them feel extremely strong. It can bring chaotic behaviour, psychosis and feelings of euphoria. It has had a very significant impact in Staffordshire.

“He accepts he imported the drug and also engaged in its supply.”

The court heard packages were successfully delivered to McGraw’s address on November 24 and 28 and December 5 and 8, 2018.

But another package addressed to McGraw was intercepted at Coventry Airport Freight Hub on December 13 and was found to contain 125 grams of monkey dust which had a street value of £5,000.

Mr Spratt added: “Police searched the defendant’s address on December 21 and found two smaller quantities of monkey dust – 404 milligrams and 5.7 grams. They found digital scales and small plastic bags.

“A further interception took place at Coventry Freight Hub on January 6 when more monkey dust was found in two packages, 49.2 grams and 1.07 grams.

“An examination of his phone showed he bought the monkey dust on the ‘dark web’ and he made inquiries as to where his delivery was.

“A police expert picked out 29 separate individuals who asked the defendant for the drug.”

He added: “The impact of monkey dust on Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has been very dramatic. This court has dealt with many people who have been arrested in possession of it and behaved in a criminal way following the ingestion of it.”

Daniel Lister, mitigating, said: “He became a user of monkey dust who imported it and sold it to friends. He ended up supplying 29 people. But it is not fair to say this was on a commercial scale.

“He knew he would receive money for it and would have to accept he was acquiring criminal property when he sold it.”

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