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Over £1 million recovered from convicted criminals

20 July 2010

More than £1 million was confiscated from criminals using proceeds of crime legislation in the first quarter of the 2010-11 financial year.

Since the start of April the National Casework Division of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has secured confiscation orders totalling £1,032,015 from 18 individuals who had been convicted of offences ranging from benefit fraud to misuse of drugs.

One case, Operation Lockdown, a surveillance led operation into the large scale import and distribution of class A controlled drugs, resulted in over £515,000 being confiscated.

Lesley Thomson, Area Procurator Fiscal for Glasgow, and the COPFS POCA Champion said: "The proceeds of crime legislation plays a significant role in disrupting both individual and serious and organised crime in Scotland. The £1,032,015 recovered has been taken from those convicted of crimes and allows us to restrict their future livelihoods in addition to any other sentence the court has imposed."

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