A drug gang boss has been ordered to pay over £ 6 million after being imprisoned after the confiscation of 186 kg of cocaine from a van on the M6.
Jamie Simpson and his colleagues were on their way back from Kent on August 2, 2018 when police surrounded their Ford Transit van in the fast lane of the freeway near Knutsford, Cheshire.
Officers, in their opinion, made one of the largest seizures of cocaine in the country, finding £ 20 million under the van floor, as well as in the passenger seat and in boxes.
Simpson, who was in prison for eleven years and six months for plotting to supply cocaine in April last year, has now been ordered to repay his share of the profits from the billion-pound drug, said a Cheshire police spokesman.
The spokesperson said Simpson had been ordered to pay £ 6,143,854 following a proceeds of crime hearing at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.
Detective Chief Inspector Giles Pierce said, “It is unheard of for a criminal to have such a large distribution figure, but this is because Simpson was involved in one of the largest domestic cocaine catches in this country.
More than £ 6 million of that cocaine belonged to Simpson and the remainder would have been bought by other organized criminals.
“Simpson is always in debt and owes the police the money until he has repaid the full amount.
“In the future, once he is released from prison, the Crime Revenue Act gives us the power to take everything he buys from him.
“This means that he will never live the lavish lifestyle he had when running his criminal business.”
Simpson was one of 21 people found guilty of criminal offenses as part of Operation Dreadnought, an investigation into two organized crime groups in Warrington that made, distributed and took advantage of the drug supply across the country.
Police said the gangs led a “money-rich” life and drove fast, powerful cars, but their extravagant lifestyles aroused suspicion.
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said, “The Crime Revenue Act ensures that money seized by criminals is put to good use to keep our communities safe.
“Criminal activities are destroying lives and communities, so I am committed to ensuring that money seized from insult is reinvested in our communities to discourage people from making the same mistakes.
“My Safer Communities Fund takes the money seized under the Act Proceeds of Crime Act in Cheshire and invests it back into local community groups through small exchanges so they can make their area safer to live.”