Posted on 26th November 2018
A man from Oxford has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds after officers from our Chaddesden Safer Neighbourhood Team found cannabis plants growing in a house on Gertrude Road.
Earlier this year on Friday, January 12, 42-year-old Mark Clifford of Farrendon in Oxford was jailed at Derby Crown Court for a total of 13 months, having pleading guilty to permitting premises to be used for producing a controlled drug of class B, namely Cannabis.
This was after officers from the team, acting on community intelligence, searched a house on Gertrude Road, Chaddesden back in February 2017 and found a total of 92 cannabis plants at different stages of growth in the house.
At a separate hearing at the same court on Friday, November 16, Mr Clifford was ordered to pay £24,235 under the proceeds of crime act 2002, after the court decided that he had benefited from drug trafficking. He has three months to pay the monies or faces a further prison sentence.
Sergeant Ed Browne, who is in charge of the team, said: “This action shows that we will act on such intelligence from the community as we understand the disruption and dangers that such matters can have on local residents.
“Not only will we take the action to arrest those responsible but we will also move to have money they have made from such illegal activity confiscated to ensure that crime does not pay.”
If you have any information about such activity in your community, contact your local Safer Neighbourhood team using one of the following non-emergency contact methods:
You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org