City businessman is jailed over stun gun

Jeevan Singh, 34, of Alwych Drive, Ashton, Preston

Jeevan Singh, 34, of Alwych Drive, Ashton, Preston

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A businessman-turned-drug dealer has been jailed for 12 and a half years and will be forced to sell his properties and cars.

Garage owner Jeevan Singh, 34, of Alwych Drive, Ashton, Preston, who ran the Preston Repair Centre in Deepdale, Preston, admitted charges of possessing a firearm - a stun gun - concealing criminal property, and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Company director Singh, who also ran a firm called Reliant Accident Management, previously claimed he developed a cocaine habit after his grandmother died.

He was arrested as a result of community intelligence which led to raids on his home and garage in November 2012.

At his home, officers found a bag containing a stun gun, knife and knuckleduster and a holdall containing £50,000 cash, a tin containing wraps of cocaine of high purity and drug dealer tick lists.

Quizzed about the stun gun in earlier proceedings, Singh said it belonged to a customer who had left a ‘box’ behind after having his van valeted, and had never returned.

When asked about a suitcase that was found containing cash, he replied that the batteries in his business safe had ran out and that he was using the locked suitcase while he waited for a new safe to arrive.

At Burnley Crown Court Judge Knowles said he had played for “high stakes and lost” and “had thrown mud in his eye”.

Singh was found to have benefited from his crimes to the tune of £626,295.83 and was ordered to pay back £168,641.31.

It means he will have to repay a significant sum of equity from several properties he owns, as well as other assets, which include three BMWs, a Skoda and a Ford Focus.

If he fails to pay within six months he will have 27 months added onto his jail term.

Financial investigator Stuart Sumner said: “ This is an outstanding result that sends a positive message to communities that Lancashire Constabulary will continue to target drug dealers and once prosecuted they will be pursued for their ill-gotten gains.”