A CONVICTED drug supplier has been ordered to repay more than £80,000. 
Michael Doyle, 46, from Bickerstaffe, was ordered to pay £83,395.00, found to include equity in two properties, and in cash seized on his arrest.

The order was issued under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court. If Doyle fails to repay the full amount, then he will serve a further 12 months in prison.
Doyle is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence after being found guilty in June 2022 as part of Merseyside Police's response to Operation Venetic, an international operation targeting criminals who used a mobile encryption, commonly referred to as EncroChat, in an attempt to evade detection when dealing drugs.

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During the investigation, Doyle was identified by officers as the user of EncroChat handle "battle-hawk", and was shown to conspire to supply significant quantities of Class A drugs.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A, cocaine and heroin; conspiracy to supply Class B amphetamine and possession with intent to supply Class A cocaine. 

St Helens Star: Images of cash and drugs released by police after Doyle was jailedImages of cash and drugs released by police after Doyle was jailed (Image: Merseyside Police)
After the criminal case was finalised, a financial investigation commenced.
Detective Inspector Chris Hawitt from our Economic Crime Unit said: "This order is a great example of how our investigations into serious and organised crime do not end when the guilty arrive at jail. Convicted criminals should pay every price for using criminal money to fund their lifestyle, and for the damage they cause to our communities.
"Our Financial Investigators meticulously work in securing as much as possible in criminal assets and should Doyle not repay the amount, he will serve extra jail time.
"The proceeds recovered at court will be of great benefit when invested back into community initiatives to help prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable. We will keep publicising these initiatives so local organisations can get involved and give ill-gotten gains to good people.”

  • If you have any information about money laundering or cash being stored in your community please contact police @MerPolCC, or call 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: crimestoppers-uk.org.