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Jailed drug farmer must pay £59k in three months

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Jailed drug farmer must pay £59k in three months

 

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A MAN who operated a flourishing cannabis farm in a disused church has been given a three-month time extension to meet a crime proceeds confiscation order.

It was made against Paul McAllister at Durham Crown Court on December 22, when it was agreed he benefited from his crime by £281,343.

The available amount for confiscation was put at £59,790 and he was given three months to pay or risk a further 18-months behind bars, on top of the 32-months he was sentenced to, at the court last July.

 

But his case was mentioned again yesterday as the £59,790 has yet to be paid.

Ian West, for the Crown, told Judge Ray Singh: “We are now beyond that time limit, but I can confirm the defence has been proactive in their efforts and consequently I’ve been told to offer no opposition to an extension.”

Judge Singh agreed to extend the deadline for payment to June 22 but said there can be no further extensions beyond then.

Mr West said: “It will be just a question of enforcement proceedings after June 22 as the crown court will have no jurisdiction after that.”

 

But, the 18-month custodial default period also remains hanging over McAllister.

The now 44-year-old electrician, from Oldham in Greater Manchester, admitted producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

It followed the police discovery of the active cannabis operation at the former Methodist Church, in Dodds Terrace, Wheatley Hill, on May 20, last year.

Officers involved in the inquiry believed there were plans to extend the growth areas, with new lighting and watering equipment just removed from packaging.

McAllister was found hiding in the roof space.

The court heard there were 72 mature cannabis plants and 99 pots containing stalks, in the ground floor area, which were fitted with lighting, extractor fans, transformers and cooling fans.

A further 70 plants in varying stages of growth were found in the first-floor area with 61 mature plants being hung up to dry.

 

There were also eight kilograms of cannabis flowering material found in a cardboard box alongside 14 plastic bags each containing a kilo of dried cannabis.

The prosecution said it appeared to be, “a large-scale commercial cultivation”, with potential for three crops a year to be bagged for bulk distribution to mid-level dealers, with a potential value for the seized cannabis as s high as £287,000.

 

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19201421.jailed-drug-farmer-must-pay-59k-three-months/

 

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Jailed drug farmer must pay £59k in three months

 

Not only do they jail you now they also want you to pay back lol

 

Don't see this with Hard drug users or piss heads do you?

 

Cannabis laws in the UK have become hard but growers and stoners will just...

 

 

 

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It always puzzles me the fact that they keep dry ready buds stored in the same building as the grow.

 

If they didn’t , they would still have the 8kg to sell and the charge would be a lot less and so would the expected POC bill. 

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Laziness, slackness or jjust plain old  stupidity, or the arrogance of thinking "it will never happen to me", till it does.

Having all those pots with stalks in them- really..............., thats just slack...

its most likely to be 8 kilos of trim and 14 of buds, knowing how these dicks work.

 

And no doubt he didnt have a chance to challenge the POCA shite by being inside. 

Either that or his solicitor/ brief was as shit as mine in fighting it. 

 

I feel sorry for him, the POCA legislation is a one sided, revenue collecting joke.

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Is it the case that if you don’t pay the POCA and do the extra time, they then take it out of your salary when you’re released and working, like they do with income tax?

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yes, the debt never goes away,until its paid,  so if you dont pay, they jail you again, once you have finished your current sentence  (minimum 12 months), then when you come out you still owe it for life, so if you come into any inheritance etc then they will have it then.

i was screwed for 20k from it, and had to borrow the cash to pay it.

its an absolute nightmare. if you do any cash transactions at all you have to prove them beyond reasonable doubt. mine started at 260 grand if i remember right, and it took me 2 years to get it down, theres a thread somewhere in the legal section, dont read it it if you are of a nervous disposition. i was only caught with under 20 fucking plants FFS.... its basically government extorsion. 

 

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The problem with the UK police and Media that have a Fad they think it's all gangs and is not its folks making a quick buck lots of these grows are from 2 up to 6 people and that not a gang and can you blame folks at least having a bash at making a few bob? even up to a million give me 6 good growers from here and I could make a million no bother.
 
It's just unlucky they got collared some maybe gangs but just as many are properly not. like this person is only one person stands to make £287,000.

 

 
It's all Police and Media talk mostly! :soap:
 
 
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I guess the thinking is if i have a shite load of wet bud to move.

Chance is it might get stopped on the way.By the pigs or could even get held up by folks who like to steal weed.

 

If the grow been ok this long, then just dry it here less chance of it getting found while being moved.

 

I would say that is why most of it is dried on site.

 

Its just easer to dry on sight then move it once its dry less farting about.

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yeah, but it soounds like it was already dried and bagged, so no excuse for having it there really. 

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Considering most illegal transactions are cash do the poca pigs accept £59,000 in used £20 notes stuffed in a hold-all ? 

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yes, for sure they will, but thats........er........different......probably........no questions asked....

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