Following the convictions of Daniel Thorpe and Paul Townsend on 20 March 2018 for the production of cannabis at The Love Shack in Newquay in May 2016, the police robustly addressed the ability of these offenders to re-offend by taking away their financial benefit. To do this they used The Proceeds of Crime Act and applied post-conviction confiscation to realise the value of all identified assets.
Both were assessed as benefiting from their criminality to the value of £29,880 each. Daniel Thorpe was identified as owning two houses in Manchester and already had £6,375 seized in cash on his arrest. The available equity in these properties was established as £10,309 so he was ordered to pay £16,684 within 3 months. This means he will have an outstanding amount of £13,196 to pay that can be revisited by the police in the future. If he fails to pay he will serve a default sentence of 12 months in prison.
Paul Townsend had dissipated his cash through a company called Coinbase in the USA, which deal with a cyber currency called Bitcoin and he had stockpiled £5,538. It was established that £3,500 remained and no other assets existed so he was ordered to pay £3,500 within 3 months. If he fails to pay his default sentence was set at 3 months. This means he will have an outstanding amount of £26,380 to pay that can be revisited by the police in the future.
The police have clawed back from the proceeds of drug trafficking over £20,000 between these two offenders
If either fail to pay the confiscation order then their default sentences could be enacted and their debts robustly sought by enforcement action.
Devon and Cornwall Police Financial Investigation Unit re-inforce this message that crime does not pay!