Added on 21 April 2017 at 13:46
A man in his 70s who produced cannabis, handled stolen goods and threatened a witness has been required to pay a £30,000 confiscation order.
It was issued at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday 21 April) against 72-year-old Alan Hayden-Jones. He has three months to pay the order or face an additional 12-month prison sentence.
Hayden-Jones of Burley Grove in Mangotsfield had already been jailed for four years in July of last year.
A search warrant was executed on 19 April in 2013 at Rushmead Holdings in Wick Lane, Upton Cheyney in Bristol.
Police officers discovered a Yamaha Bruin quad bike; Yamaha Kodiak quad bike; a Brian James trailer; and an Ifor Williams flat-bed trailer – all of which had been reported stolen between May and October in 2012.
During the search of the location officers also found 57 cannabis plants being grown in two outbuildings on the site – a wooden shed and brick building.
Hayden-Jones was arrested and claimed he had bought the bikes and trailers in good faith.
He was subsequently charged with handling offences, abstracting electricity and cannabis production. He was further charged with perverting the course of justice and witness intimidation and appeared at Bristol Crown Court on 12 July last year, where he was convicted of production of cannabis, handling stolen goods and witness intimidation. He was jailed for four years.
At the confiscation hearing today benefit of £30,000 was identified and an order made for the same amount.
Dr Kirstie Cogram, the manager of the Financial Investigation Unit for Avon and Somerset police said after the hearing: "We are committed to seizing any assets that criminals have gained as a result of crime. It is not acceptable that criminals benefit from illegal activities and we will relentlessly pursue them through the courts to ensure their money is taken. By doing this we show criminals that they will not benefit from crime and hopefully deter others from entering a life of crime."