Drugs dealers gains auctioned
THE ill gotten gains of two convicted drug dealers who targeted the Great Yarmouth area are to be auctioned tomorrow. An Audit TT convertible, Rolex watch, Gucci handbags, Prada sunglasses and a Hugo Boss suits are part of a �150,000 haul of confiscated goods going under the hammer.
THE ill gotten gains of two convicted drug dealers who targeted the Great Yarmouth area are to be auctioned tomorrow.
An Audit TT convertible, Rolex watch, Gucci handbags, Prada sunglasses and a Hugo Boss suits are part of a �150,000 haul of confiscated goods going under the hammer.
The items are being sold off at Swardeston village hall, near Norwich, after six people were jailed for more than 17 years earlier this month for dealing cocaine in Yarmouth, Gorleston and Caister.
All of the goods were seized by police during Operation Abut which targeted the supply of cocaine from Cheshire to the Yarmouth area by a highly organised gang.
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The Audi sports convertible and designer gear were owned by Robert Munday, of Wilmslow, Cheshire who was jailed for four years and eight months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
When the 29-year-old was arrested by police in January officers also found �77,500 in cash.
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It is believed Munday may have earned more than a �1m from his drug dealing operation between the two counties.
In total �127,826 of Munday's confiscated assets are being auctioned under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Another prime mover of the gang was Sam Asbury, 30, of Uplands Avenue, Caister who was jailed for four years and had �22,000 of assets confiscated for auction
Other gang members Steven Barrett, 24, of North Road, Ormesby, and Ben Hall, 26, of Brooke Avenue, Caister were jailed for a total of five and half years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Lewis Alp, 20, of Newport Road, Hemsby, was sent to a young offenders' institution for four months and 28-year-old Sarah Mallett, of Palmer Road, Gorleston was given a 12 month suspended prison sentence and supervision order.
The six were arrested and convicted following an extensive investigation by Norfolk police's serious and organised crime unit and intelligence directorate.
DCI Mark Afford said: “This property was recovered as a result of a long-running investigation into illegal drug activity within Norfolk.
“Stopping the supply and use of illegal drugs in our community combined with securing prosecutions for organised criminals is a priority, however the investigation does not stop there.
“We also aim to recover any assets which criminals may have built up on a life of crime which the Proceeds of Crime Act allows us to do.
“This means jailed criminals will not be able to return to a life of luxury built on criminal activity once released from prison.”
Tomorrow's auction has been organised by Clowes and Nash Auctions and takes place in Swardeston village hall from 10.30am with viewings from 9am.