Dunfermline Sheriff court: £10,000 confiscated from drug dealer

At Dunfermline Sheriff Court on 10 February, a Confiscation Order for £10,000 was made against Gregory Hughes.

Hughes, from Dunfermline, had previously pled guilty to cultivating cannabis at his home in Rosyth. He was sentenced to 180 hours community service.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division (SOCD), said: “Gregory Hughes was caught with 46 cannabis plants growing in his home - showing he was cultivating a significant amount of illegal drugs.

“As this was a ‘lifestyle offence’ under the Proceeds of Crime Act, this meant the court could look at his income over the six years prior to his arrest. He was in employment at the time but he could not account for £11,890.62 of his income.

“[This] confiscation order for £10,000 represents the figure available to us at this time.

“This money will now be put to good causes via the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme, in which £44million has already been invested.

“COPFS will continue to use the powerful Proceeds of Crime legislation to disrupt the activities of anyone involved in the drug trade to prevent them re-investing their profits.”