Posted on 18th March 2015
Magistrates have seized more than £1,200 from a woman who admitted drugs offences.
At a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing at Southern Derbyshire Magistrate’s Court on Monday, March 9, a forfeiture order for £1,234 was obtained against Sharon Grainger. She was also ordered to pay £205 costs.
The act means that anyone who profits from crime can lose the financial and lifestyle gains they have enjoyed.
For example, people who may have earned money by drug dealing or selling stolen property can have this money taken from them.
Money seized is then split between the Treasury and police, Court Services and the Crown Prosecution Service. Amounts confiscated in Derbyshire are often donated to community projects.
The case against Grainger began on April 25 when police executed a search warrant at her home in Kerry Street, Chaddesden.
The found cannabis, amphetamine, cash and what appeared to be a small gun. She and her husband, Colin Grainger were arrested.
Sharon (55) and Colin (57) appeared at Derby Crown Court on January 30 and both pleaded guilty to producing cannabis, possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and possessing a prohibited weapon for the discharge of liquid, gas or electricity.
Sharon also admitted possessing amphetamine. They were both sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.