Criminal assets of more than £1m seized from Greater Manchester offenders

Ill-gotten gains of more than £1m were seized from Greater Manchester crooks last month.

Friday, 7th January 2022, 2:41 pm
Updated Friday, 7th January 2022, 2:43 pm

The funds - totalling in excess of £1.1m - are made up of criminals' cash and other assets that have been stripped by law enforcement in city region following civil "proceeds of crime" investigations.

Central to the success has been the work of Greater Manchester Police's (GMP) Asset Detention and Recovery Unit (ADRU).

A total of 30 forfeiture hearings took place in December, relating to a range of investigations including drugs and firearms offences, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit murder.

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Police counting seized criminal assets

The entire sum recovered in December came to £1,155,066.50, with one of the most significant seizures amounting to £167,817.76 following an investigation into a member of an organised crime group in Stockport for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering.

The money seized by GMP will now be reinvested into policing, as well as local community projects.

Det Sgt Sarah Langley, of GMP's ADRU, which was named Team of the Year at the 2021 GMP Chief Constable's Annual Awards, said: "The funds we have recovered will have been gained through illicit means, and the money often fuels further illegal activity with no thought for the damaging impact crime has on the lives of people in Greater Manchester.

"Thankfully, we've managed to put a stop to this and these ill-gotten gains will instead be used to make a positive difference across our communities.

"In order to forfeit criminal money and assets we have to submit various applications to the magistrates' court. Thankfully, over the past month, we've been successful in these applications and have managed to recover over £1 million which could have otherwise been used to fund further criminal activity.

"In order for our applications to be successful, we have to prove on the balance of probability that the cash or assets recovered were obtained from crime, or intended to be used in crime. As a result, this will include multiple in-depth investigations by our team which can go on for several months."

Det Chief Insp Joseph Harrop, of GMP's Economic Crime Unit, added: "This substantial amount of over £1m really highlights the fantastic work put in by our Asset Detention and Recovery Unit.

"The team is dedicated to making sure we rid the streets of Greater Manchester of criminal money.

"I hope this sends a clear message to offenders that GMP will do everything in its power to ensure they do not gain any form of reward for their part in organised crime as we continue to work to make Greater Manchester a safer place to live and work."

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