Cash taken off drug grower

Simon Pond, 31, has been sentenced 15 months after pleading guilty to producing cannabis.
Simon Pond, 31, has been sentenced 15 months after pleading guilty to producing cannabis.

Magistrates have confiscated £1,440 pounds from a man jailed for more than two years for growing cannabis.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Wednesday, September 21, magistrates in Derby forfeited the money from Simon Pond and ordered him to pay £200 costs.

The act gives the police the power to take offenders to court and strip them of cash and other assets.

By doing this, police can recover the wealth people have made by committing crime.

Pond, 31, was arrested when police carried out a warrant at a house in Brookfield Mews, Sandiacre, on April 7.

Officers found around 60 cannabis plants and growing equipment, as well as the cash.

On Wednesday September 28, Pond was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to 15 months after pleading guilty to producing cannabis.

He had previously been sentenced at the same court in June to 15 months after admitting production of cannabis, possessing cannabis with the intent to supply and two counts of possessing cannabis resin.

His sentences are to be served consecutively.