U.K. drug trafficker must fork over £1.2 million or spend another seven years in prison

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A court has ordered a 49-year-old man convicted of supplying multiple kilograms of cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines in the U.K. to pay £1.2 million (more than $2 million) in assets within three months or chance spending another seven years in prison. Jason Warner was arrested in October 2018 for supplying drugs in London and Essex, subsequently pleading guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and three counts of money laundering, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA). £500,000 worth of weed plants found while cops were investigating a burglary Woman who needed money to pay for father’s funeral approached gangsters to set up weed farm in her home Three-floor cannabis site worth over $1 million discovered in former nightclub Warner was given the confiscation order last week. If the £1.2 million ($2 million) — which includes cash seized, money held in bank accounts and equity in property — is not paid within three months, as much as seven years of prison time will be tacked onto his current sentence and he will still be liable for repaying the money, the NCA reports. The convicted drug trafficker had worked as a builder. Though financial investigators believed part of the £208,000 (about $360,000) Warner deposited in his bank accounts from October 2012 to September 2018 could have been from cash-paid building work, rental income and gambling winnings, they determined the lion’s share, £182,000 ($315,000), “was part of his benefit from criminal conduct,” the NCA reports. The court also found he benefited by £644,000 ($1.1 million) after police found this amount stashed in a criminal associate’s car, on Warner’s person during his arrest and in a safe at a second associate’s home. Furthermore, police recovered drugs they suspected were bought with cash generated from previous consignments, notes the NCA. The…

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