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William Donkoh refuses to attend confiscation hearing

William Donkoh was jailed for 12 years. Picture: Norfolk Police

William Donkoh was jailed for 12 years. Picture: Norfolk Police

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The director of a drugs gang which flooded Great Yarmouth with cocaine and heroin refused to attend his confiscation hearing to claw back cash and a valuable pair of his £1000 designer trainers.

William Donkoh, 31, was convicted of running one of the main county line drug operations into the town, and was jailed for 12 years in April, this year, for running the “Deano” line in Great Yarmouth, from his east London flat.

A confiscation hearing was due to be held at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday, over a link with HMP Lewes, in order to recover some of the cash and valuables which Donkoh acquired from running the drugs operation, which included a pair of designer trainers.

However the hearing had to be adjourned after Donkoh sent a message via a prison officer to say he was not interested in coming to court as he could see no point as he was already serving 12 years.

He was then reported to have gone to the gym to play football.

Judge Katharine Moore said that any order could not be agreed in his absence and so she set a further hearing for October 25.

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She said it was in his interests to attend the hearing and said she hoped he would attend.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that the benefit figure for the drug dealing was estimated at about £400,000 and said that police had £880 in cash which was seized at the time of Donkoh’s arrest and a pair of valuable trainers belonging to Donkoh, which police have valued at £1000, which could be sold at auction.

Mr Youell said: “They are apparently quite valuable.”

During the trial the court heard how Donkoh’s gang saw at least 1kg of crack cocaine and heroin sold back in 2018.

Donkoh was arrested following an operation by Norfolk Police code named Operation Kimble which was carried out between May 2017 and June 2018.

When Donkoh, of Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney, was arrested in London in June 2018, police said the main mobile phone used to control the “Deano” line was seized along with cash.

Officers estimated 45,000 text messages were sent from the phone to Norfolk drug addicts between May 2017 and June 2018.

Donkoh was found guilty of of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced alongside eight other people.

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County lines gang member who flooded Great Yarmouth with drugs in court

Glonar Thomas Picture: Norfolk Police

Glonar Thomas Picture: Norfolk Police

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A member of a county lines drug gang which “flooded” Great Yarmouth with drugs and generated more than £300,000 in cash has been ordered to pay back just £90.

Glonar Thomas. 19, from London was said to have acted as a “manager and enforcer” for the gang and was sent to a young offenders institution for seven years and nine months in April, this year, but was back before Norwich Crown Court for a hearing to claw back cash.

Philip Farr, prosecuting, said that the benefit figure for the drug dealing by the gang was put at £302,285 but said only asset which could be found for Thomas was £90, which was seized by police at the time of his arrest.

John Morgans, for Thomas, said that the cash was still in the possession of the police and so there would be no difficulty in the money being obtained.

Judge Katharine Moore made the order and said that he should serve one day in default of not handing over the money.

A further hearing has been set for September 17 for a confiscation hearing for another leading gang member William Donkoh, 31, who was given 12 years, in April, this year, for running the “Deano” line from his east London flat.

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Donkoh who was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs was said to have been directing and organising the sale of heroin and cocaine on a commercial scale.

When Donkoh was arrested in London in June 2018, police said the main mobile phone used to control the “Deano” line was seized along with cash.

Officers estimated 45,000 text messages were sent from the phone to Norfolk drug addicts during the period of the police operation.

Donkoh had been due at the hearing but failed to be taken to court by the prison, in London, where he is currently an inmate.

His barrister Ryan Brennan said in his case the prosecution were seeking a higher confiscation figure of about £3000.

He said there was £880 seized at the time of his arrest and also some designer clothing and trainers which were seized by officers which could be sold to realise the cash.

Mr Brennan said that Donkoh should be brought to court for the next hearing so progress can be made in the case.

Donkoh was arrested on June 26, last year outside his home in Hackney.

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