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Drug dealer told to pay back proceeds of drugs empire

5:11pm Saturday 26th January 2013

Drug dealer ordered to pay back £2.3 million

Hampshire police has secured its largest ever criminal benefit payout after a convicted drug dealer was ordered pay more than £2m to the force.

Imtiaz Ali, 46, was told he would have to pay Hampshire Constabulary £2.3m within the next six months, or face another eight years behind bars.

Ali, from Kenley, Surrey, was found guilty of importing cannabis worth more than £350,000, following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in August 2009.

He was senetenced to eight years in prison.

Ali's crimes were uncovered by Hampshire detectives in October 23 2008, after a crate containing almost 120kg of cannabis was intercepted as it left fellow defendant Peter Humphrey's business premises, in Alton.

Humphrey, from Petersfield, was arrested the following day by officers from Hampshire Constabulary's Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

Further investigation revealed that the crates, which were marked up as 'marine parts', were being shipped in from a bogus company in Holland.

Humphrey received 43 of the crates in total, between March 1 and October 28, 2008.

Ali and another man, Steven Berger, of Essex, were jailed for their role in importing the drugs.

Now the drug trafficker has been ordered to pay back £2.3m, after police financial investigators provided evidence to suggest that Ali would have made the mammoth sum during six years of criminal activity.

Speaking at the confiscation hearing at Winchester Crown Court, Judge Bowes ordered Ali to pay back the entire amount by July, or have his jail sentence doubled.

The total includes cash payments to a business account, eight properties in the UK and Dubai and a diamond-encrusted Franck Muller watch.

Detective Inspector Dave Brown, from Hampshire Constabulary's Financial Investigation Unit, said: “This result is the largest confiscation order Hampshire has achieved.

“It has been the product of the hard work put in by the financial investigators in uncovering all the nice benefits Ali had happily surrounded himself with as a result of his criminal activities.

“Our message is simple, you may have been found guilty of a crime and received your punishment but that isn't where we will stop.

“If we suspect that you have been benefiting from your criminal activity we will come after that too. Crime should never pay.”

Comments(11)

Comments(11)

IronLady2010 says...
5:17pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Take the money AND give him the additional 8 years!!!

LeTissiersEarLobe says...
5:34pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Rot

bigal007 says...
8:37am Sun 27 Jan 13

at 5 pound a week i bet

bigal007 says...
8:42am Sun 27 Jan 13

he is orded to pay back that big sum does that mean all those people get there money back if not where does the money go

Solomon's Boot says...
9:36am Sun 27 Jan 13

So what will the constabulary do with the money?

....A slap up meal at Mrs Miggin's pie shop, maybe?

SotonLad says...
10:49am Sun 27 Jan 13

Solomon's Boot wrote:
So what will the constabulary do with the money?

....A slap up meal at Mrs Miggin's pie shop, maybe?
Yeah probably. Quick call me an ambulance, my sides are splitting!

mary james says...
11:17am Sun 27 Jan 13

"“If we suspect that you have been benefiting from your criminal activity we will come after that too. Crime should never pay.”"

...unless you're a banker in which case we'll pat you on the back and give you some more from public money.

pathetic comment.

Inform Al says...
1:51pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Capital punishment should include hanging in this case, as well as an attack on his capital.

beiroot says...
2:13pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Take the 8years (4 in reality) and keep the money.Think of all the interest accruing in that time.

beiroot says...
2:29pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Take the 8years (4 in reality) and keep the money.Think of all the interest accruing in that time.

soton34 says...
8:10pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Anyone thought of congratulating the Police? Well done Hampshire Police on excellent work, whilst some may think the pie shop will benefit, you'll have to excuse their ignorance!

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