Suffolk man made to pay back over £3,000

Thu 26th, Oct

A man from Suffolk who was handed a suspended sentence for his involvement in running a cannabis factory has been ordered to pay back more than £3,000 after an investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Suffolk man made to pay back over £3,000 Roland Mutton, 44, from Upper Town, Wetherden, was ordered to pay back £3,196.25 at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation proceedings hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 26 October. In earlier proceedings Mutton had been found guilty of producing cannabis after police executed a search warrant in December 2015 and discovered of a number of cannabis plants growing at his home. He was received a 10 month suspended sentence. Following his conviction, the court found that he had benefited from his criminal conduct and as a consequence ordered that he repay the profit he had made from his activities. Detective Inspector Rob Turner, of ERSOU, said: “Together with our colleagues in Suffolk we have ensured that Mutton has been deprived of the very thing that motivated him to engage in these activities; profit. “Once more we have demonstrated that using the POCA legislation we will target those who choose to pursue this path and ensure that we strip them of the profit they seek to make from their unlawful activity.”