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Drug dealer forfeits drugs money

The Sheriff at Dundee Sheriff Court has made a forfeiture order in respect of £6,200 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002. The forfeiture was made on 4th October and has been announced at the end of the appeal period.

“Operation Trojan” was conducted by officers of Tayside Police, targeting individuals thought to be involved in the supply of Class A drugs in the Tayside area. On 29th November 2007, a man and a woman, both domiciled in Liverpool, were caught collecting £6,200 from a Dundee drug dealer. They were seen by police officers who were carrying out surveillance at a remote area outside Dundee. Both admitted that the cash was drugs money.
 
Speaking of the case Ruaraidh Macniven, Head of Civil Recovery Unit, said:
 
“This cash was taken as part of an operation to target the flow of controlled drugs between Merseyside and Tayside and will now be put to good use in our communities. The case shows the determination of Tayside Police and the Civil Recovery Unit to use all available means to disrupt crime.”
 
The Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) acts on behalf of the Scottish Ministers in the exercise of their functions under POCA 2002. In practice, the CRU investigates and recovers the proceeds of crime without the need for criminal conviction. The CRU is a multi-disciplinary team comprising solicitors, financial investigators, support staff and forensic accountants. The civil recovery functions of the CRU are exercised independently of the prosecutorial functions of the rest of COPFS.

Money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act is invested by Scottish Ministers in community projects aimed at alleviating the effects of crime. To date, over £60million has been invested in a range of free activities for young people through the CashBack programme.