A Confiscation Order of £222,900 has been awarded against Mohammed Omar Hameed after he was caught with more than two kilos of cannabis in a rented car.
The seizure of the drugs, which were valued at £6,000, triggered a full investigation into Hameed’s financial affairs. This revealed there was a sum of £222,900 that he couldn’t legitimately account for.
On 16 April 2013 at Dumfries Sheriff Court, Hameed pled guilty to contravention of section 4(3)(B) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. He was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.
Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, said:
“Although Hameed was caught by police with £6,000 worth of cannabis, thanks to robust proceeds of crime legislation, we were able to go back and assess his entire financial record for the six years prior to his arrest.
“This meant we could recover all illegally obtained profits within that time, which in this case was much more than simply the amount Hameed was caught with at the time of the offence.”
In March 2012, Hameed was stopped by police whilst driving a rented car near to Gretna Services.
Officers noticed a strong smell of cannabis coming from the car and on inspection, two bags containing 2.3 kilos of herbal cannabis was discovered in the boot.