Communities to benefit from cash seizure (21 Mar 2017)

Almost £10,000 in cash confiscated by police in Bradford has been forfeited to the courts. 

The sum of £9,455 was originally seized while officers were investigating a suspected drugs deal in the city.  

On 2 February 2015, officers saw a 26-year-old man from Bradford getting out of a vehicle in Nelson Street with a large package, which he appeared to be trying to conceal under his top.  

On searching the male, officers found a bag containing nearly £9,000 in banknotes.  

He was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. 

Further searches in custody and at his home address found another £475, which was also confiscated as part of the investigation. 

The man and another man aged 34, also from Bradford, were both charged with money laundering, but the case was finalised at Bradford Crown Court last September when no evidence was offered against them.  

The Bradford Proceeds of Crime Team reviewed the case and the cash was re-seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as it was believed to have been gained from the supply of illegal drugs.  

Then yesterday (20 March), Leeds Magistrates Court granted a forfeiture order for the full amount.  

Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson, said: 

"This is fantastic work from West Yorkshire Police and the courts and sends a clear message to other criminals looking for an easy pay day at the expense of our communities.  

"Some of this recovered money will now go towards my Safer Communities Fund, which puts proceeds of crime back into our communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, reduce re-offending, and provide support to victims.  

"The next round of the Safer Communities Fund opens for applications on 24 April, for more information please visit my website www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or call 01924 294000."

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