More than £1 million was stripped from criminals in Derbyshire during the last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Latest figures show that between April 1, 2013 and the end of March 2014 almost £20,000 per week in cash and other assets were removed from offenders.
The largest single amount was seized from Thi Cuc Le and her husband Hong Hai Lam, each jailed for five years in November 2012 and ordered to pay back £452,193 in September 2013 for running cannabis factories in four counties. They were arrested in 2011 after police discovered a cannabis factory containing more than 400 plants at a house in Victoria Street, South Normanton.
Assets totalling £870,027 were confiscated at crown court in 57 separate cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act and £131,223 was forfeited by magistrates in 44 separate hearings. Money confiscated by the crown court is shared between a central Home Office fund, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Court Services and the investigating agency, such as the police or Trading Standards. Cash has been pumped into schemes like CCTV for Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, Bradwell Youth Group, a five-a-side football project in Chesterfield and High Peak Women’s Aid.