Eastbourne drug dealer to repay profits worth more than half a million pounds

A drug dealer who was based in Eastbourne is set to repay more than £500,000 in profits which was gained through his illegal activities.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 7:26 am
Agim Toska. Photo by Sussex Police. SUS-210605-070800001

Agim Toska, 27 from Milton Road, used a patisserie called ‘The Pastry Shop’ on Seaside Road as a front for money laundering, police say.

According to police, he was presenting himself as a legitimate local business owner, but local detectives were investigating him and several associates, leading to his arrest in July 2018.

Police say he is now expected to repay more than half a million pounds in assets and more that £200,000 cash, acquired through his illegal activities.

Toska was convicted of being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs of cocaine and cannabis, and money laundering and on April 9 2019 he was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court to nine years and seven months imprisonment, police say.

However, police enquiries did not end there. According to police, expert financial investigators from Sussex Police took up the trail and on May 4 2021 at the same court, a Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act was granted against him in the amount of £511,668.30, including £203,934.34 cash which police seized at the time of his arrest in 2018.

Toska will have to sell property and a vehicle to pay the order within three months or will face a further seven years imprisonment and will still have to pay, police say.

Detective inspector Mark O’Brien, of the police economic crime unit, said “These Orders result from the hard work of our expert financial investigators, building on the success of the investigating detectives.

“We aim to target not just the criminals but also their profits, whether they are from drug dealing or any other form of criminal activity. It can take time and each investigation results in an application for a court-authorised Confiscation Order.”