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Confiscation Order Follows Drugs Conviction

A man who had previously pled guilty to a drug-related offence has now had a Confiscation Order of £222,900 awarded against him.

In March 2012 Mohammed Omar Hameed was stopped by police whilst driving a rented car near to Gretna Services. During the stop, police officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car. When they carried out an inspection of the car they found two bags containing 2.3 kilos of herbal cannabis hidden in the boot.

Hameed appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court, where he pled guilty to contravention of section 4(3)(B) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

The seizure of the drugs, which were valued at £6,000, triggered a full investigation into Hameed’s financial affairs. This revealed there was a sum of £222,900 that he couldn’t legitimately account for.

“Although Hameed was caught by police with £6,000 worth of cannabis, thanks to robust proceeds of crime legislation, we were able to go back and assess his entire financial record for the six years prior to his arrest,” explained Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework.

“This meant we could recover all illegally obtained profits within that time, which in this case was much more than simply the amount Hameed was caught with at the time of the offence,” he added.

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