The ring leader of a major drugs racket that was uncovered in Newbury in 2015 has been ordered to pay back £1million within three months or face a further 14 years in prison.
Neil Wadley, 49, formerly of Upton, near Didcot, was the kingpin in a gang which supplied class A and B substances across southern England.
Around 3.5kg of cocaine was discovered at a house in Newtown Road in Newbury in January 2015, which triggered a number of arrests and saw Wadley flee to Spain.
In total 9kg of cocaine, 1kg of MDMA powder, nearly 5,000 MDMA tablets, 4kg of amphetamine powder, 3kg of methoxetamine and 18kg of cannabis resin with a combined street value of £1.3m was seized.
Wadley was arrested in March 2015 and in January 2016 was jailed for 17 years.
And at a confiscation hearing in Oxford last month, it was heard that Wadley had benefitted from his criminal activity and ordered to pay £1m back.
Detective Inspector Gavin Tyrrell said: “This substantial confiscation order demonstrates that after conviction, Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service will seek to ensure that defendants will not benefit from their criminal activities.
“The Proceeds of Crime Act enables us to deprive criminals of what has been obtained from their crimes on top of any sentences imposed by the courts.”