Drug dealer model, 34, who fled the UK is ordered to pay back £31,000 after cops find him
The 34-year-old drug-dealing model, who fled the UK, taunted police on social media with photos of his playboy lifestyle, but was jailed after cops tracked him down in Cambodia , is ordered to repay £31,000
- Drug dealer who fled justice has been ordered to pay back more than £31,000
- Terrence Murrell, 33, fled before his conviction for supplying steroids
- He was sentenced to 37 months in his absence at Caernarfon Crown Court
- Detectives tracked him down and arrested him after he arrived in Cambodia
- He was jailed for another three months in prison after fleeing earlier
A fugitive British drug trafficker who was jailed after two years on the run in Asia has been ordered to pay back £31,702 or face a further 15 months on his 39 month sentence.
Fugitive Terrence Murrell, 33, was sentenced to an additional four months on top of his three-year prison sentence for selling steroids in February for fleeing Britain to the paradise island of Bali – a crime for which he has now been forced to repay his profits.
Fugitive Terrence Murrell, 33, was sentenced to an additional four months on top of his three-year prison sentence in February for fleeing Britain to the paradise island of Bali.
Murrell fled in June 2018 – after pleading guilty to drug offenses but before he was sentenced.
But instead of keeping a low profile in Indonesia, Murrell taunted the police with constant updates on social media.
Prosecutor Sarah Badrawy told a proceeds of crime hearing that Murrell benefited from £31,702.18 from his crimes – and North Wales Police already had those assets.
His Honor Timothy Petts ordered Murrell to repay the £31,702.18 within three months or face a further 15 months in prison.
He said: ‘I am very pleased the issues have been agreed and I am making an order of forfeiture on the terms offered for payment of £31,702.18.
“This follows, as usual, a thorough investigation into what Mr. Murrell received from his crimes and available assets.”
The judge added that the police are authorized to return to court to try to recover more money if they discover other assets in the future.
While on the run, Terrence Murrell (pictured) mocked police by updating his Facebook and Instagram pages with images smiling in the sun
His Honor Timothy Petts has ordered Murrell (pictured after his arrest in Bali) to repay the £31,702.18 within three months or face a further 15 months in prison
While on the run, Murrell mocked police by updating his Facebook and Instagram pages with images smiling in the sun.
He captioned a photo with friends: “Bali’s baddest men.”
He also posed for photos in an infinity pool, working out in a gym and using his laptop in a four-poster bed.
Most of the snaps were captioned: “The Boss’s Life.”
He was eventually arrested in Bali in 2019 and extradited, but en route to the UK he fled to Cambodia where he was detained by local officials.
British police have been granted permission to travel to Cambodia to bring him back to the UK to begin his time behind bars.
A court heard Murrell was a leading member of a £2million steroid gang that shipped drugs from China to the UK to sell
He told police he bought the drugs for himself because he ‘wanted to look his best as a male model’
After his arrest, a North Wales Police spokesperson said: “People think they can escape justice by leaving the country, but Murrell’s arrest demonstrates that we will prosecute offenders and We will take the necessary steps to find them.”
A court heard Murrell was a leading member of a £2million steroid gang that shipped drugs from China to the UK to sell.
He told police he bought the drugs for himself because he “wanted to look his best as a male model”.
But prosecutor Sarah Badrawy said bank accounts showed Murrell had pocketed more than £220,000.
He later admitted supplying Class C drugs in North Wales via websites, but did not appear for a sentencing hearing at Caernarfon Crown Court.