Criminal ordered to pay police force £2.3m

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A CONVICTED drug trafficker has been ordered to pay nearly £2.3m to Hampshire Constabulary, or face another eight years in prison.

In August 2009, Imtiaz Ali, 46, from Kenley, Surrey, was found guilty of importing cannabis worth £357,000, and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Financial Investigation Unit worked to secure the confiscation of gains from Ali following his conviction for drug trafficking.

Police financial investigators looked back on his lifestyle for the past six years and provided evidence Ali had benefitted from his crime to the tune of £2,255,689.66.

They found items such as cash payments to a business account, the obtaining of false VAT repayments, the purchase of eight properties in the UK and Dubai, the balance of a personal bank account and a Franck Muller watch with diamonds.

Ali has been ordered by a judge at Winchester Crown Court to pay the full amount in crime benefits to Hampshire police within six months.

If he fails to do so, he will be sentenced to a further eight years in prison.

It is the largest confiscation order for Hampshire police.