Suffolk: More than �28,00 seized from trio responsible for cannabis production

MORE than �28,000 has been seized from three people who were sentenced for being involved in the production of cannabis.

Brian Reynolds, 57, was jailed for two years in February last year after admitting producing and supplying the drug, while co-defendants Christine Smedley, 66, and Grizelda Bayliss, 61, were given six-month sentences, suspended for a year, and ordered to do 40 hours of community work for being involved in the production of cannabis.

Police had executed drugs warrants at homes in Ballygate in Beccles and Wenhaston Way and Herons Close in Lowestoft and discovered a total of more than 140 cannabis plants being grown.

On Tuesday Reynolds, of Holt Road, Caister, previously of Ballygate, and Bayliss, of Wehaston Way, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for the final part of proceedings against them - a Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing which saw �15,000 seized from Reynolds and �8,420 from Bayliss.

Smedley, of Herons Close, had previously agreed her confiscation of �5,200, taking the final amount to �28,620.

The Proceeds of Crime Act allows police and the courts to recover money and assets which have been gained through criminal activity.