£82,000 seized by police after Beck Row cannabis factory raid
More than £82,000 of cash uncovered during the search of a cannabis factory in Beck Row has been seized by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The discovery in was made on January 16 last year during a warrant in which a commercial cannabis production operation was found.
During the raid at Willow Park, Beck Row, a total of £82,150 cash was unearthed.
The money had been found in three separate locations, with more than £12,000 found stuffed inside a sock and a further £53,000 having been secreted inside a plastic lunchbox, which had been foil lined and bound with tape.
The remaining thousands were located in a kitchen cupboard within a static residence on the site.
Following a thorough investigation undertaken by Suffolk Police, and with no adequate explanation for the origin of the cash, police sought to have the trove forfeited.
On Friday January 22, Watford magistrates made an order for the forfeiture of the entirety of the cash.
Andy Gould of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) Economic Crime Unit said: “This order made by the court has brought about a satisfying outcome to an investigation conducted along with our colleagues in Suffolk.
“This has once more underlined our determination to work together to use the powers of the POCA legislation to ensure that cash generated from criminal activity, or intended for use in a similar way will be forfeited at every opportunity.”