A man from Lakenheath who grew cannabis in a bid to raise funds to sue the British government has been ordered by a judge to hand over more than £74,000.
Keith Jones, 57, was jailed for two years in May last year after pleading guilty to production of a controlled drug at his home in Barr Drive.
Jones had told the court that in 1994 he had been the victim of a fraud which the police had declined to investigate and since then had needed to ‘keep the wolf from the door’ as he prepared to take legal action against the government.
When police searched his home they uncovered 411 cannabis plants in various stages of cultivation in a garage and two greenhouses.
Jones claimed that he had been planning to sell cannabis seeds, which is not illegal, rather than the crop of the drug.
Today (Thursday) Jones returned to Ipswich Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing designed to recoup as much as possible of what he gained from his offending.
The court heard that specialist financial investigators had established that Jones benefited from his crime by £74,843 while he had available assets amounting to £120,738.
Judge David Goodin ordered that Jones should pay £74,843 within the next three months. Jones was warned that failure to meet that deadline will result in up to ten months imprisonment.
In addition, Judge Goodin said that Jones would be required to pay £2,500 prosecution costs and gave him three months to pay.