A DORSET drug dealer has been ordered to pay back more than £100,000.

Dennis Terry Michael Julian was involved in the supply of cannabis in Sherborne and south Somerset.

Julian, of Wingfield Road, Sherborne, was jailed for two and half years at Bournemouth Crown Court on December 12, 2019.

The 36-year-old has now been issued with a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a hearing at the same court on August 7.

The order states that Julian must pay back £107,230 that he made from his illegal dealings. Cash seized by officers – £16,470 – from his address will be paid toward this amount.

Dorset Police said, as with all proceeds of crime confiscation orders, the outstanding benefit figure is still owed and the case will be reviewed in future to ascertain if Julian has acquired further assets.

DC Scott Brimicombe, of the force’s financial investigation unit, said: “I hope this case demonstrates that where offenders are found to have gained money through their criminal activities we will use the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to take these illegal earnings from them.”

Julian first came to officers’ attention in January 2018 when he was stopped by Surrey Police driving erratically on the M25. They immediately smelt cannabis and a search of the car revealed cash, cannabis, a kitchen knife and a black iPhone.

A search of his address was carried out and officers located cash totalling £15,180. They also searched a second address in Sherborne used by Julian and found a quantity of cannabis and a large set of digital scales. Julian was released under investigation while enquiries continued.

In April 2018, he was arrested in connection with an unrelated matter. When officers searched his vehicle they found bags of cannabis in the boot. He was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of cannabis. A further search of an address in Sherborne, known to be used by Julian, was also carried out and officers found a significant amount of cannabis in the loft.

A drugs expert later stated that the estimated street value of the cannabis was around £88,000.

Julian pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a controlled class B drug with intent to supply, possessing criminal property and having an article with a blade or point before being sentenced in December.