Cannabis factory criminal Brendan Kavanagh forced to pay thousands after police find his offshore accounts

Criminal who ran cannabis factory forced to pay thousands after offshore accounts found

Criminal who ran cannabis factory forced to pay thousands after offshore accounts found

Criminal who ran cannabis factory forced to pay thousands after offshore accounts found

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A CRIMINAL who ran a cannabis factory will be forced to pay thousands of pounds after police identified his offshore bank accounts.

Brendan Kavanagh was convicted at Bournemouth Crown Court in April 2012 of production of cannabis, and sentenced to three years in prison, after officers stumbled upon 135 plants on an industrial estate.

The plants had a street value of up to £37,000, as well as a hydroponic watering system.

Following the 47-year-old's conviction, officers from Dorset Police's Economic Crime Unit launched a confiscation investigation and on March 14 this year a Confiscation Order was made by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court.

During the process, Kavanagh, of Hesketh Close, St Ives, Ringwood, told officers he had no assets.

But an investigation led by the Economic Crime Unit identified offshore bank accounts.

Kavanagh then claimed he had spent all of the money held overseas, but the court rejected his argument, and he has been ordered to pay £125,248.07 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 within the next six months.

If he fails to pay he will serve a two-year default custodial sentence, after which he will still owe the debt.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This case is yet another excellent example of how Dorset Police can help take assets away from criminals.

“This case sends out a very clear message to offenders that they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to hand over the illegal earnings made from their criminal activity.”

During his sentencing two years ago, a court heard that the last electricity bill for the unit at the Maple Business Park on Ferndown Industrial Estate had been between £800 and £900.

The unit had been rented for £3,000 a year by Kavanagh, who admitted producing the drug.

Judge Samuel Wiggs told him: “You were running a substantial factory for the production of cannabis.

“This was a commercial operation. It may have been financed by others but you had a significant role.”

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6:58pm Fri 11 Apr 14

chris100 says...

Judge wiggs let's Peados off but hammers plant growers
Judge wiggs let's Peados off but hammers plant growers chris100
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9:20pm Fri 11 Apr 14

mpdor says...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha mpdor
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2:26pm Sat 12 Apr 14

CVF420 says...

Why should police and court time be wasted dealing with people growing a plant that is far safer for adults to consume than both alcohol and tobacco? The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. It would create thousands of taxable jobs, and save hundreds of police and court hours that would be better spent dealing with real crime, such as murder and assault.

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Why should police and court time be wasted dealing with people growing a plant that is far safer for adults to consume than both alcohol and tobacco? The sooner cannabis is legally regulated the better. It would create thousands of taxable jobs, and save hundreds of police and court hours that would be better spent dealing with real crime, such as murder and assault. Cannabis Volunteer Association (CVA) CVA Media Team facebook.com/thecva4 20 CVF420
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10:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

Good News
Good News Dr Martin
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