Cannabis factory boss Brendan Kavangh forced to pay thousands of pounds after police uncover offshore accounts

Bournemouth Echo: Brendan Kavanagh Brendan Kavanagh

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 for 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 invest-igation 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 sends out a very clear message to offenders that they will be 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. It may have been financed by others but you had a significant role.”

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10:07am Tue 15 Apr 14

chris100 says...

Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money chris100
  • Score: 4

10:17am Tue 15 Apr 14

BoscVegas says...

chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
You are right.
http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/blogs-magazine
-monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]You are right. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/blogs-magazine -monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint. BoscVegas
  • Score: -3

10:31am Tue 15 Apr 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

I'm all for getting drugs out of the exclusive control of criminals.

I am not for the legalisation of drugs.
I'm all for getting drugs out of the exclusive control of criminals. I am not for the legalisation of drugs. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 2

11:52am Tue 15 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Bournemouth Ohec wrote:
I'm all for getting drugs out of the exclusive control of criminals.

I am not for the legalisation of drugs.
In which case they'll always be under the control of criminals.....
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouth Ohec[/bold] wrote: I'm all for getting drugs out of the exclusive control of criminals. I am not for the legalisation of drugs.[/p][/quote]In which case they'll always be under the control of criminals..... speedy231278
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Frank28 says...

Mr Kavanagh might also have fallen fowl of the Transfer of Assets Abroad tax avoidance legislation which was recently introduced by the HMRC.
Mr Kavanagh might also have fallen fowl of the Transfer of Assets Abroad tax avoidance legislation which was recently introduced by the HMRC. Frank28
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Tue 15 Apr 14

djd says...

And if he doesn't pay, he will go to prison. Is there anyway he can be forced to pay?
And if he doesn't pay, he will go to prison. Is there anyway he can be forced to pay? djd
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BoscVegas says...

djd wrote:
And if he doesn't pay, he will go to prison. Is there anyway he can be forced to pay?
potentially a Confiscation Order has/will be issued which allows an individual will act in a similar way as a trustee in Bankruptcy or a trustee of a deceased estate ie. they have the same rights as he does to access those funds. It does however depend on where the monies are located as it is not always as easy as one might think to get a UK court order recognised abroad.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: And if he doesn't pay, he will go to prison. Is there anyway he can be forced to pay?[/p][/quote]potentially a Confiscation Order has/will be issued which allows an individual will act in a similar way as a trustee in Bankruptcy or a trustee of a deceased estate ie. they have the same rights as he does to access those funds. It does however depend on where the monies are located as it is not always as easy as one might think to get a UK court order recognised abroad. BoscVegas
  • Score: 6

6:09pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Phixer says...

BoscVegas wrote:
chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
You are right.
http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/blogs-magazine

-monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.
So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it!

Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy!

How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets.

Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]You are right. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/blogs-magazine -monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.[/p][/quote]So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it! Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy! How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets. Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally. Phixer
  • Score: -5

6:27pm Tue 15 Apr 14

shytorque says...

Phixer wrote:
BoscVegas wrote:
chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
You are right.
http://www.bbc.co.uk


/news/blogs-magazine


-monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.
So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it!

Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy!

How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets.

Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.
We have not all but banned smoking, or alcohol for that matter. Prohibition, and the so called war on drugs have failed. Time for a radical rethink I believe. And that's coming from someone who doesn't use cannabis, or alcohol, or tobacco.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]You are right. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/blogs-magazine -monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.[/p][/quote]So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it! Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy! How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets. Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.[/p][/quote]We have not all but banned smoking, or alcohol for that matter. Prohibition, and the so called war on drugs have failed. Time for a radical rethink I believe. And that's coming from someone who doesn't use cannabis, or alcohol, or tobacco. shytorque
  • Score: -2

7:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Yankee1 says...

The US is on a very steady course to decriminalize cannabis.

Knowing how the UK follows the US, in a decade or so this will seem rather quaint.
The US is on a very steady course to decriminalize cannabis. Knowing how the UK follows the US, in a decade or so this will seem rather quaint. Yankee1
  • Score: -1

11:07pm Tue 15 Apr 14

chris100 says...

http://m.bbc.co.uk/n
ews/business-2652383
3

Colorado collected £1.2 million pounds in 1 month selling weed

If it was legalised they could then stop it being grown in grow houses and they could also control how strong it is
http://m.bbc.co.uk/n ews/business-2652383 3 Colorado collected £1.2 million pounds in 1 month selling weed If it was legalised they could then stop it being grown in grow houses and they could also control how strong it is chris100
  • Score: -5

11:47pm Tue 15 Apr 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Phixer wrote:
BoscVegas wrote:
chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
You are right.
http://www.bbc.co.uk


/news/blogs-magazine


-monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.
So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it!

Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy!

How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets.

Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.
Think rationally? Ok then stop making stuff up to support your OPINION.
.
How is it harmful to humans if the substance is not smoked? Dodgy salads have killed more people than weed.
.
As for sending boys down pits a rational thinker of the 21st century would know fossil fuels are not the way forwards. High sugar products however should be taxed with the amount of fatties draining the NHS. I bet more is spent on the obese than cigarette smokers these days.
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]You are right. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/blogs-magazine -monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.[/p][/quote]So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it! Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy! How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets. Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.[/p][/quote]Think rationally? Ok then stop making stuff up to support your OPINION. . How is it harmful to humans if the substance is not smoked? Dodgy salads have killed more people than weed. . As for sending boys down pits a rational thinker of the 21st century would know fossil fuels are not the way forwards. High sugar products however should be taxed with the amount of fatties draining the NHS. I bet more is spent on the obese than cigarette smokers these days. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -6

1:32am Wed 16 Apr 14

breamoreboy says...

chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
Some of which will have to be spent sorting out the mental health problems that the stuff causes.
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]Some of which will have to be spent sorting out the mental health problems that the stuff causes. breamoreboy
  • Score: 5

2:20am Wed 16 Apr 14

GeorgeW64 says...

Time to do a runner abroad, a lot of time and effort went into growing the plants, he's earned the money.
Time to do a runner abroad, a lot of time and effort went into growing the plants, he's earned the money. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -5

11:31am Wed 16 Apr 14

stevobath says...

Phixer wrote:
BoscVegas wrote:
chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
You are right.
http://www.bbc.co.uk


/news/blogs-magazine


-monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.
So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it!

Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy!

How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets.

Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.
What's addled your mind then?
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]You are right. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/blogs-magazine -monitor-26957683 Illegal Drugs already boost the economy by about £7bn so imagine the fiscal impact if the government were to tax them at the same rate as a pint.[/p][/quote]So, we have a substance which is harmful to humans, we can't - or won't - deal with the criminal issue and the only answer from a civilised society is to legalise it! Tell me, why have we all but banned smoking? Shouldn't we 'normalise' smoking to prevent any future criminal activities with its supply - and just think of the boost to the economy! How about sending boys down the pits? Just think of the boost to the economy with all that cheap supply of fuel and of course, all the tax we can generate from taxing their sweets. Seems that for some people their minds are too addled by dope to think rationally.[/p][/quote]What's addled your mind then? stevobath
  • Score: -4

12:53am Sat 19 Apr 14

Dr Martin says...

chris100 wrote:
Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money
No thanks
[quote][p][bold]chris100[/bold] wrote: Legalise weed then the government will make loads of money[/p][/quote]No thanks Dr Martin
  • Score: -1

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