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£32,000 in cash seized after search of Rochester home

PUBLISHED: 10:45 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:45 13 November 2017

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Brian Sanders, 43, was arrested following the execution of a warrant at his house in Brambletree Crescent

A Rochester man has been forced to give up more than £30,000 cash seized during a search of his home.

Brian Sanders, 43, was arrested following the execution of a warrant at his house in Brambletree Crescent in November 2016 during which a quantity of cannabis was also discovered.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and given a 12-month conditional discharge.

Sanders could not provide a reasonable account for the £32,790 found in a bedroom at his home, which prompted financial investigators from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate to make an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The forfeiture order was approved by Medway magistrates at a hearing on Friday.

Detective inspector Annie Clayton said: “The work of officers does not stop following the conclusion of a criminal case and we were confident the money was not obtained through legitimate means.

“We will always try to recoup the proceeds of any criminal activity and ensure no one is allowed to benefit from crime, and the Proceeds of Crime Act is a very helpful piece of legislation for that purpose.

“In this case, Sanders did not have a good explanation for the large amount of cash hidden away in his home and will now never see it again.”

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