Drug dealers ordered to pay after confiscation order- Reading

Published on:
19 Jun 2017, 4:17 p.m.
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Bracknell and Wokingham

Thames Valley Police has secured a confiscation order of more than £31,000 following convictions for drugs offences.

The confiscation order was made at Reading Crown Court on Thursday (15/6).

 Christopher Edward Watchorn, aged 45, of Acacia Avenue, Sandhurst, and Jason Thomas Stanbridge, aged 47 of Essame Close, Wokingham were charged with two counts of possessing a controlled drug of Class-B with intent to supply.

Both men were convicted on 26 February 2016, and were each sentenced to a total of 30 months’ imprisonment at Reading Crown Court on 11 April 2016. 

Both were arrested on 7 September 2014 following the execution of a warrant at an address in Wordsworth, Bracknell and found to be in possession of 3 kilogrammes of amphetamine and a quantity of cannabis resin.

Following their conviction confiscation proceedings were commenced under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  On Thursday (15/6/17) HHJ Cutts, sitting at Reading Crown Court, ordered that Watchorn pay £31,268.80 within three months of serve a default sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment.

Stanbridge was ordered to sell his only asset – a BMW car and pay £420.00 within six weeks or serve a default sentence to three months’ imprisonment.

Financial Investigator Steve Tedder of Thames Valley Police’s Asset Recovery Team, Economic Crime Unit said: “This result sends a clear message to drug dealers in our communities that Thames Valley Police will use all powers available to them under the legislation to deprive criminals of their assets”.

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