A husband and wife convicted of drug dealing and benefit fraud have been ordered to pay back more than £56,000.
Michael Daly, 47, and Julie Daly, 45, from Wythenshawe, were sentenced in June at Minshull Street Crown Court .
The court heard Daly was employed by a private company as a carpet fitter and deep cleaned aeroplanes at Manchester Airport. But he abused his position by smuggling drugs, hidden in the planes, into the country. It's believed Daly removed hidden drugs from the aircraft.
His wife denied any involvement with the drugs, but she was found to be fraudulently receiving state benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions.
Daly pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs and money laundering. He was sentenced to four years and four months in prison, while his wife was given a suspended sentence after she admitted benefit fraud.
Following a further court hearing on Friday, the couple were ordered to pay back cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act or face an extended jail sentence.
Michael Daly was ordered to pay back £23,500 within three months or face a further 12 months in prison.
Julie Daly was ordered to pay back £33,571.45 within a deadline of three months or face 12 months in prison.
Financial investigator Keith Graham, of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Crime Division, said: “What this case shows is that Greater Manchester Police do not stop when a criminal case concludes at court. I hope this sends a message we will track down the assets of criminals in whatever form they exist and use the powers under POCA to take these assets back.”