The war on drugs isn't working, but I thought people might be interested in this information from the police.
"A man convicted of a number of drugs offences in Reading has been told he must pay back nearly £20,000.
Mark Robinson, aged 39, of Grange Avenue in Reading, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court on 26 June to:
Possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin)
Possession with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine)
Possession with intent to supply a class C drug (other)
Possession of a class B drug (cannabis)
Possession of a class A drug (cocaine)
On 26 May 2013, officers executed a warrant at Robinson’s home and found him trying to push a sofa up against the door. When they searched the property, they found a number of drugs at the property, along with digital scales, 17 mobile phones and a large amount of cash.
He was jailed for a total of 32 months on 25 July this year.
Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings were instigated and on Friday (28/11), a confiscation order was granted for £19,706.08.
Investigator Jenny Bailey from Thames Valley Police’s Economic Crime Unit said: “At the confiscation hearing, Robinson conceded that he had obtained benefit from his criminal conduct.
“The Proceeds of Crime Act enables us to deprive criminals of what has been obtained from their crimes on top of any period of imprisonment imposed."