Leicestershire police take £19,000 from a suspect in a drug dealing and money laundering probe
A court has granted a police application for the seizure of £19,000 from a suspect in a drug dealing and money laundering investigation.
Officers found the cash when they arrested the 40-year-old suspect, who is from Leicester, at Birmingham Airport last December.
The arrest was part of an operation against suspected money laundering and drug dealing.
A district judge formally confiscated the money from the man at a hearing at Leicester Magistrates' Court last Friday.
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The suspect did not contest the application and the money will be redistributed to various criminal justice organisations, including Leicestershire Police to be used in the fight against crime.
Detective Chief Superintendent Stu Prior said: "I am very pleased with the outcome of this court case. "Criminals should know that we will use civil orders as well as criminal charges where appropriate to make sure that they do not benefit from illicit and illegal activity.
"Cases like this are often started because of information we receive from members of the public.
"I would appeal for more information on people who may be funding their lifestyles through criminality."
Contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111