A GANG of cannabis farmers have been ordered to hand over more than £6,000 of their criminal profits. Jonathan Crampton, from Strensall, Steven Lester Bradshaw, from Huntington, Christopher Nicholson, and Daniel Richard Arthur, both from York, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply cannabis last March, after police found more than 300 cannabis plants at properties in Easingwold and Sutton on the Forest. When sentenced, Crampton and Bradshaw were both jailed for 42 months, Nicholson received an 18-month jail term, while Arthur was given a 12 month sentence suspended for 24 months and was ordered to undertake 250 hours of unpaid work. The four men appeared before a confiscation hearing at York Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act on December 23, where a judge ordered Crampton, 43, to repay £6,000 of his illegal profits within six months, Bradshaw, 45, to repay £100 within 28 days, and Nicholson, 59, to repay £150 within 28 days, or face prison sentences. Arthur, 23, was also ordered to repay a nominal fee of £1, and some of the money will be donated to local community groups and charities under North Yorkshire Police’s Why Should They campaign. Detective Inspector Ian Wills, of North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said: “It is always pleasing when we can hit criminals in the pocket, where it hurts them the most. “If we suspect anyone is illegally benefitting from the proceeds of their crimes we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that we can put them before the courts and have their money and assets confiscated.”
via : North Yorkshire
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