Police seize thousands of pounds from drug dealers

Dorset Police has successfully seized more ill-gained assets from criminals using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

On June 6 2014, officers secured a confiscation order for £28,604 against a 22-year-old former Bournemouth man who had been convicted of drug supply offences.

The man is currently serving a four-year prison sentence after being convicted in July 2013 at Bournemouth Crown Court of possession with intent to supply cocaine and a second charge of possession with intent to supply cannabis.

The offences relate to a search warrant which was executed at an address in Argyll Road in Bournemouth in July 2012. Officers discovered a large quantity of herbal cannabis, cocaine, cash and drug paraphernalia. Similar items were also seized from a vehicle and from the man’s home address.

In total, 3.9kg of cannabis and 158.89g of cocaine were seized with a street value of £27,099.

On June 9 2014, a confiscation order was made at Bournemouth Crown Court for £21,270.97 against a second convicted drug dealer.

Police searched the 32-year-old Poole man’s home in August 2013 and found drugs and a large amount of cash. He was convicted of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and money laundering on 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of Dorset Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We will take every opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain. Drug dealing will not be tolerated in Dorset and we will use all the powers available to us to ensure these individual are dealt with robustly by the criminal justice system and by the courts using Proceeds of Crime Act legislation.”

Issued: 13 June 2014

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