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£4,400 confiscated from cocaine dealer

A Confiscation Order for £4,444 has been made at Edinburgh Sheriff Court against a 25-year-old man serving a prison sentence for drugs offences. A Confiscation Order is an order made by the court following criminal conviction, to pay a fixed sum of money from the proceeds of crime.

Bernard Flanagan had been found guilty in October 2010 of a contravention of Section 4(3)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, for being concerned in the supply of cocaine. He was convicted by a majority jury after a trial lasting four weeks and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.

Lindsey Miller, Head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD) and the current POCA champion, said:

“Bernard Flanagan was involved in a serious and organised crime group dealing Class A drugs in Edinburgh. He had a ‘hands-off’ middle-management role in the operation, which saw up to a million pounds of cocaine seized within a year.

“Drug dealing is classed as a ‘lifestyle offence’ under the Proceeds of Crime Act, this meant the court could look at his income over the six years’ prior to his arrest and found that £86,292 could not be accounted for legitimately. Today’s confiscation order for £4,444.80 represents the figure available to us at this time.”