Drug grower is jailed for failing to pay £25,000 fine
PUBLISHED: 07:32 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 07:32 07 May 2015
A drug grower who was spared jail in lieu of a £25,000 fine has been jailed – for only paying back £320 in 14 months.
Frederick Gray was spared a prison sentence after police discovered 70 cannabis plants growing under heat lamps in Kempe Road, West Lynn, in June 2012. The 59-year-old was given a suspended prison sentence in July 2013 but then ordered to pay back £25,200 under the Proceeds of Crime Act in February last year.
But at a confiscation endorsement hearing at Dover Magistrates’ Court on April 24, it was discovered that Gray, of Sculthorpe Avenue, in West Lynn, had only paid back £320. He was jailed for 13 months.
Det Con Nick Bentley said: “The activation of the default sentence in this case serves as a message to others in similar situations that the Proceeds of Crime Act is a robust piece of legislation and individuals shall be pursued through enforcement if full payment is not made.
“The outstanding debt will remain with Gray after his time in prison, but should he manage to pay the confiscation order in full he would be eligible for release from custody and would not have to serve the full term.”
Gray is the latest to be jailed after action by the regional crime squad, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, created in June 2010.
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