Man, 39, ordered to pay Confiscation Order for over £77,000 following hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court
A confiscation hearing was held at Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday 13th May 2015 and a man aged 39, was ordered to pay £77,333.13 within six months, or face a default sentence of two years.
The man, of no fixed abode, previously of Wrights Lane, Prestwood, was convicted of drug offences in 2014.
On Wednesday 23rd October 2013 a Mitsubishi Panjero, driven by the man, was stopped by police in Bicester Road, Aylesbury. The vehicle smelt strongly of cannabis, and when it was searched two bags of cannabis were found, one on the back seat and one in the boot. A holdall was also found, hidden under the bonnet, and this contained over £30,000 in cash. The cash was seized.
On Wednesday 22nd January 2014, a warrant was executed at Daly Meadows campsite, Kingswood Lane, Wooton Underwood in respect of a horse lorry owned by the man that was parked at the site. Police officers seized drugs which were found to be skunk cannabis, cannabis resin, cocaine and ketamine. They also found drugs paraphernalia, along with over £12,000 in cash, and again this was seized.
The man was arrested, and later charged with drug dealing offences and money laundering in respect of the cash.
Following a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court, the man was convicted of five counts of drug dealing and money laundering and sentenced to a total of nine months’ imprisonment on Friday 5th December 2014. He tried to claim that the cash represented the proceeds of gambling, but this was rejected by the jury.
Phillip Croxson, Thames Valley Police Financial Investigator, said: ‘The Confiscation Order represents a very substantial financial penalty. [The man] had owned and used a considerable number of different vehicles, and he had used alias names to conceal some of his assets. Enquiries revealed that he owned a narrow boat, since sold, and that he owned a share of an apartment in Spain. The Confiscation Order included the cash seized on two separate occasions.‘