A Salford man who ran an underground cannabis farm was yesterday ordered to pay back more than £13,000 of his criminal gains.
David Mundy, 55, of Barr Hill Avenue, was handed a 15-week custodial sentence suspended for two years for production of a Class B drug, and has now been forced to pay back £13,840 within six months.
The cannabis factory lay 12-feet under his garden and was accessed by ladders through a paving flag, and 17 plants were found by police with a street value of more than £8,000.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Riddick said: “Mundy went to considerable lengths – quite literally – to keep his cannabis farm hidden.
“What we discovered was an underground drugs den housed within a storage unit, and must have taken him many hours to build, hours that should have been spent earning his money legitimately like the rest of us do.
“Thanks to Proceeds of Crime Act legislation, we are now able to ensure that people like Mundy cannot profit from their criminal endeavours.”
If Mundy fails to pay back the money he will serve a 12-month jail sentence and will still be expected to return the funds.
DCI Riddick added: “Greater Manchester Police employs specialist financial investigations who painstakingly trawl through offender’s records to find evidence of a lifestyle funded by criminality, and we will claw that money back.
“The message is clear: if you think you can bury your criminality underground, you are burying your head in the sand because we will find you and we will do everything we can to take away not only your liberty but also your illegally accumulated wealth.”
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