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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbria organised crime offenders ordered to pay £340,000

Organised crime offenders in Cumbria have been ordered to pay more than £300,000

The four men appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on Monday before Judge Hughes QC.

William Henry Young Jnr was found to have benefited from crime to the value of £409,737.61 and was found to have £290,442.83 in realisable assets.

He has been given six months to pay, and if he fails to do so will be sentenced to a further three years imprisonment.

Francis Morley was found to have benefited from crime to the value of £110,000 and was found to have £54,830.34 in realisable assets. He was given 28 days to pay, and if he fails to do so will be sentenced to a further 18 months imprisonment.

Noel Young was found to have benefitted from crime to the value of £28,100 and was found to have no realisable assets. He is still subject of a previous order under the Proceeds of Crime Act where he owes over £9 million.

Geoffrey Cairns was found to have benefitted from crime to the value of £4,500 and was found to have £450 in realisable assets. He was given 28 days to pay, and if he fails to do so he will be sentenced to a further 12 days imprisonment.

Speaking after the Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, DCI Rob O’Connor of Cumbria Constabulary said: “The amount of cash and other goods recovered from the Young family home at The Green, Houghton, demonstrates the wealth they made from crime.

“I said after the sentencing for the drugs and money laundering offences that we would vigorously pursue those convicted using the Proceeds of Crime Act to strip them of the assets they have accrued through criminality.

“Today has seen that this organised crime group benefitted from crime to the tune of over half a million pounds. We have found realisable assets worth over £340,000. What that means is we will over £340,000 from this group, and they will also serve long prison sentences. If they fail to pay, then they will stay imprisoned for a further period of time.

“Due to the length of his combined sentences, Noel Young will not be a free man until 2022.

“The sentences handed down by the Court previously demonstrate how serious these offences were.

“This should be a stark warning to others that if you are involved in serious criminality, we will pursue you with our partners and put you in front of the Courts to ensure that our communities remain a safe place to live. We will then use the Proceeds of Crime Act to hit you hard in the pocket, and ensure that you do not benefit from criminality in any way.”

In the Spring of 2009, officers from Cumbria Constabularies Serious and Organised Crime Unit commenced Operation Magnum, an investigation in relation to the supply of Class A and B controlled drugs and money laundering.

This investigation led to the recovery of cocaine with a street value of £45,000 and amphetamine with a street value of £10,000. It also saw the recovery of over £170,000 cash, jewellery valued at over £30,000 and a Range Rover valued at over £20,000.

In December 2011, after a three week trial, three men were found guilty of drugs offences and sentenced as follows:-

Noel Young aged 37, formerly of Metal Bridge, North of Carlisle, – twelve years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine, and six years imprisonment (concurrent) for conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

Francis Anthony Morley aged 34, of Greenmill Road, Longtown – eight years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Geoffrey Thomas Cairns, aged 49, of Greenmill Road, Longtown – six years imprisonment for conspiracy to supply cocaine, and four years imprisonment (concurrent) for conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

A fourth man, William Henry Young Jnr, aged 36, of Ghyll Bank Yard, Low Harker, near Carlisle was sentenced on Thursday 11 April 2013. He received to a total of eight years imprisonment for converting and concealing criminal property which is a money laundering offence.

As a result of the drugs and money laundering convictions, Cumbria Constabulary and the North West Regional Asset Recovery Team conducted an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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