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Following a Thames Valley Police investigation in Milton Keynes, a Dutch national convicted of importing heroin into the UK has been ordered to pay a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) amounting to £113,405.
Charles Cornelissen, aged 55 who has links to both the Netherlands and Spain was arrested on 23 April 2014 on Chippenham Drive, Kingston, Milton Keynes when he was witnessed removing a large package of heroin with a street value of £1,650,000 from his HGV.
He was also found to be in possession of cash amounting to €3,050, which was seized and subsequently detained under POCA.
Another man, Joshua James Liversedge, aged 24 of Crompton Street, Liverpool was arrested nearby, having been seen acting suspiciously in the area.
Following the arrests, a financial investigation commenced by Thames Valley Police Asset Recovery Team to establish the suspects’ benefit from crime and available assets they held. Information disclosed during the criminal trial for Cornelissen revealed that he had received a substantial compensation payout following a personal injury claim.
Although obtained legitimately, this money was included as an asset in the confiscation proceedings.
In October 2014 at Aylesbury Crown Court Cornelissen was found guilty of importation of drugs and Liversedge of being concerned in the supply of drugs.
On the 29 October 2014 the defendants were sentenced to 12 years’ and 7 years’ imprisonment respectively.
On 7 April at Amersham Law Courts confiscation proceedings followed and Cornelissen was found to have benefited from his crime to the value of £352,362. He was ordered to pay £113,405 and in default serve 26 months’ imprisonment.
Liversedge was ordered to pay a nominal sum.