A Crawley man has been jailed for 20 months after failing to pay an outstanding confiscation order.
Naz Ahmed, of Cotton Walk, Broadfield, appeared at Dover Magistrates’ Court on Friday (February 27) and was sentenced the same day.
This order shows that there is no hiding place for criminals, or for the proceeds of their offending.Det Supt Craig Dibdin, head of South East Regional Organised Crime Unit
A spokesman for the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), said the pre-existing confiscation order related to Ahmed’s conviction in July 2011 for drug trafficking offences in the Crawley area in 2010.
At a later confiscation hearing, Ahmed was ordered to pay the total £80,490.00.
During the confiscation hearing, the court decided Ahmed was in default of his confiscation and could provide no realistic means of fulfilling the order imposed.
Det Sgt Graham Mepham, of SEROCU, said: “We are committed to relentlessly targeting organised criminals with the support of our partner agencies, such as Sussex Police.
“Together we will continue to actively pursue, not only those individuals or groups that commit crime within our communities, but equally those who have served their sentence and are subject to Proceeds of Crime Act enforcement.
“Ahmed had previously served a five-year term of imprisonment for drug trafficking offences in 2011 and was subject to a confiscation order in excess of £80,000; which he failed to pay.
“He will now have to serve 20-months in prison following his refusal to pay his order, which will still be waiting for him to pay upon his release.
“Those criminals who continue to offend can be certain that we will continuously seek to prosecute and disrupt their criminal enterprises.”
Det Supt Craig Dibdin, Head of SEROCU, said: “This order shows that there is no hiding place for criminals, or for the proceeds of their offending. We will continue searching for the proceeds of crime or in securing prison sentences for those who benefit from crime. We will relentlessly pursue criminals and ensure orders are enforced.
“SEROCU will continue to use our specialised capabilities, in this case the Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), to target and disrupt organised crime groups who cause serious harm to our communities across the South East.”