Norfolk man ordered to pay back over £40,000

Mon 11th, Sep

A man from Norfolk who was jailed for his involvement in running a Cannabis factory has been ordered to pay back over £40,000 after an investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Norfolk man ordered to pay back over £40,000 A man from Norfolk who was jailed for his involvement in running a Cannabis factory has been ordered to pay back over £40,000 after an investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU). Ian Brown, 56, who is already serving a four year prison sentence, was made subject of a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) Confiscation Order for the sum of £44,518 at Norwich Crown Court on Friday (8 September). Brown was found guilty of his involvement in the Norfolk Cannabis factory after officers executed a search warrant at a property in December 2014, where they found a number of Cannabis plants. Evidence suggested the operation had been on-going for some time, and investigators then found that the electricity supply to the premises had been bypassed around 18 months earlier. Of the full amount he has been ordered to pay, £37,917.17 will be paid to British Gas in compensation. Brown has been ordered to pay the sum back within three months, or will face a further nine months behind bars. Detective Inspector Rob Turner from ERSOU said: “The confiscation order together with the prison sentence that Brown has already received demonstrates that crime does not pay. Our Financial Investigators worked closely with our colleagues from Norfolk Police to ensure that the investigation was as robust as possible. As a result Brown has now been stripped of the money he made from the operation, the thought of which no doubt motivated him to engage in the unlawful activity in the first place.”