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Proceeds of Crime Act (R008277)

Freedom of Information: Proceeds of Crime Act (R008277)

Thank you for your request dated 5 August 2014 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

"Under the freedom of information (Scotland) Act 2002 please state how much money has been recovered from the proceeds of drug crime since 2007 broken down by financial year."

The information held by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) which falls within the ambit of your request in relation to the amount of money which has been recovered from the proceeds of drug crime has already been published for financial years 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 (to 26 April 2013). These published figures indicate the amount of money which has been recovered for all crimes, but the category of crime is listed in the tables and the drug crime figures are easily identified. Under Section 25(1) of FOISA, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. The information is published on our web-site and is accessible using the links below. The figures have been broken down according to each accused and according to which police force was responsible for reporting the predicate criminal offence to COPFS before the introduction of the Police Service of Scotland on 1 April 2013, and after the introduction of the Police Service of Scotland which area was responsible.

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/foi/responses-we-have-made-to-foi-requests/589-poca-5-november

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/foi/responses-we-have-made-to-foi-requests/467-proceeds-of-crime-act-2002

http://www.copfs.gov.uk/images/Documents/Freedom_of_Information/Foi-Reply-Attachments/POCA%202%20-%2030%20May.xls

I attach below a note of the total amount of money recovered by confiscation orders relating the proceeds of drug crime for the financial years 2007/09, 2008/09 and 2013/14.

Financial Year

Total monies recovered by confiscation orders relating to proceeds of drug crime

2007/08

£1,352,553.97

2008/09

£2,298,159.20

2013/14

£1,978,931.53

 

I also attach at Annex A tables containing the information relating to the money recovered from proceeds of drug crime for the financial years 2007/08, 2008/09 and the complete year 2013/14. Information relating to the money recovered from proceeds of crime which is not attributed to contraventions of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 has been removed from these tables.

You may note that there are some confiscation orders which are for a nominal amount. In instances where there are no assets available at the time a confiscation order is made an order can be made for as small a figure as £1.00. These confiscation orders are called nominal confiscation orders. The purpose of a nominal order is to preserve the Crown’s position, so that if the accused obtains any assets in the future the Crown can ask the court to recalculate the confiscation order.

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