£1205 seized under Proceeds of Crime Act at Newry Magistrates’ Court

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Friday, March 13th, 2015
Local police have welcomed an order for the seizure of cash passed at Newry Magistrates’ Court recently. The court ordered that £1205 be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. It followed convictions for possession of Class B drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon and obstructing powers of search. Constable Warren Roberts explained, “During July we arrested a 20 year old man following the seizure of cannabis, cash and a stun gun during a house search in Kilkeel. He was charged with possession of Class B drugs and possession of a prohibited weapon. “At a court hearing in December, the man was convicted of possession of Class B drugs and possession of a prohibited weapon and was fined £400. “In January, 2015, the court ordered that £1205 of the cash seized be confiscated. This cash will be made available to criminal justice agencies through the Assets Recovery Incentivisation Scheme. He added, “Through this scheme police can apply for money for crime prevention projects and the proceeds of crime are redirected towards preventing crime. We hope this confiscation sends a clear message to criminals that you cannot prosper from crime.”
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