Tayside and Central Scotland

Stirling drug dealer has £70,000 confiscated by court

A Stirling man caught with more than 700g of cannabis in his flat has been hit with a £70,000 confiscation order under proceeds of crime legislation.

Mohammed Anwar pleaded guilty to possessing the drug with intent to supply in February 2013 and was jailed for 18 months.

The Crown has now successfully secured an order for £70,000 of "criminal profits" to be confiscated.

The money will be passed to the Scottish government for community use.

Police discovered the cannabis in Anwar's flat while responding to a report that he had been seriously assaulted in July 2011.

They found Anwar being treated by paramedics, but also found a cannabis plant being cultivated in a wardrobe and 714.3g of herbal cannabis, with a potential street value of up to £4,000.

Speaking after the conclusion of the case, Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime and counter-terrorism, said: "Thanks to the vigilance of the police officers attending reports of an assault, a significant quantity of drugs was taken off the street.

"The Crown has now not only successfully prosecuted Anwar, leading to a lengthy jail sentence, but we have also secured the confiscation of £70,000 of his criminal profits.

"All of the money recovered will be passed to the Scottish government for re-investment in the community through the CashBack for Communities programme."

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