Jailed Wakefield drug dealer told to pay back £100k

Christopher Walker jailed for drug trafficking offences.
Christopher Walker jailed for drug trafficking offences.

A DISGRACED charity fundraiser has been order to pay back more than £100,000 he made from dealing drugs.

Christopher Walker was jailed for eight years in March 2010 after being found guilty of conspiring to supply class A and B drugs.

Walker, 49, of Haselden Road, Lupset, was brought before Leeds Crown Court last Thursday after detectives used the Proceeds of Crime Act to claw back some his illegally gained cash.

The court heard his total profit was around £472,088 and ordered him to pay back £105,000 in the next six months.

Det Insp Fran Naughton, of the Ecomonic Crime Unit, said: “This case is another great example of how powerful legislation such as the Proceeds of Crime Act is making criminals pay for their crimes after they’ve inflicted misery on local communities.”

Before he was jailed Walker had raised money for Wakefield Hospice and the British Heart Foundation by running marathons in London and New York, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

But he was also part of a cross- county drugs conspiracy which saw large quantities of cocaine being moved from West Yorkshire to North Yorkshire.

During a trial in 2010 Bradford Crown Court heard that Walker was the hub of the drug dealing network.

After a painstaking investigation, undercover detectives found almost 800g of cocaine and amphetamine with a street value of just over £25,000.

They also recovered 8.6 kilos of cutting agents which could have been used to further increase the value of the cocaine.

His accomplices Mark Piggot, of York, and Shaun Taras, of Milton Crescent, Lupset, were jailed for four years and two years respectively for their part in the conspiracy during the same trial in March 2010.