MONEY made from the sale of a drug dealer’s house has been seized by investigators under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA.)
Sean Godfrey, 42, formerly of Devonshire Avenue, Thornton, was jailed for 16 months in April 2011 after being convicted of being concerned in the supply of amphetamine and cannabis.
More than £9,000 cash, seized by officers following Godfrey’s arrest in 2009, has already been claimed and will now go towards local crime fighting projects.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing last week, an order was made to recover £13,544.99 equity from the sale of a house owned by Godfrey on Beryl Avenue, Anchorsholme.
The money will now be ploughed into local causes which work towards reducing crime in the area.
Anna Willetts, financial investigator for Lancashire Police, said the money will be shared between crime-fighting projects.
She said: “The courts and the police believed Godfrey had benefited substantially from his involvement in a drug supply chain and we used the Proceeds of Crime legislation to take his profits away from him.
“This may often mean assets such as cars or houses have to be sold – we will do everything we can to remove a criminal’s ill gotten gains.
“Money confiscated or forfeited under POCA is shared between the various criminal justice agencies and is then used to support projects which are aimed specifically at keeping crime low in our communities.
“In this way we can take something positive from money which has been amassed by criminals while causing misery to others.”