A JUDGE ordered the confiscation of more than £1,500 following the conviction of three defendants, including one from Chester, over a drugs conspiracy.

Appearing at Mold Crown Court on Monday were 34-year-old Barry Edwards and 35-year-old Sian Povah, both of Minera Hall Road in Minera, and 40-year-old Oliver Ryan from Hoole Road in Chester.

The three had been convicted previously in connection with a conspiracy to supply drugs, with Edwards receiving a seven year custodial sentence, Ryan receiving a two year sentence suspended for two years and Povah receiving an 18 month community order.

During the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing this week Simon Mintz, prosecuting, said through the offences Edwards had benefited to the sum of £39,141.24 - with £909.17 of that being available for confiscation.

Povah had benefited to the sum of £31,194, the court heard and had the same amount available for confiscation as Edwards - £909.17.

The ‘available’ money for confiscation had already been seized by the police.

Judge Rhys Rowlands ordered that the money be confiscated within three months.

No such confiscation order was made in respect of Ryan, but the Judge ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all drugs and paraphernalia connected with the defendants.