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Confiscation order served to cannabis factory owner
Friday, 13 July 2012
JAIL: John Reilly who was jailed for running a cannabis factory in Rainham, was served a confiscation order.
A MAN serving 12 years for running a cannabis factory in Arnold Way, Rainham, has been served a confiscation order for £300,000.
John Reilly, 47, from east London, was served the order last Friday at Basildon Crown Court. He is currently in jail for owning the cannabis factory, believed to be the largest of its type ever discovered in the UK.
PS Dean Murray, of the Payback Unit, said: “This is an excellent result against someone who had not come to notice of police for a substantial number of years.
“A financial investigation uncovered substantial cash in various bank accounts, ownership of a Jaguar XK luxury car, as well as attempts by Reilly to purchase a farm in a remote area of Essex where it was believed another substantial cannabis factory would have been commissioned.”
The court heard how upon entering the site, officers discovered a number of large steel containers buried into the ground and hill side.
The containers were growing sites either in a state of de-commission or preparation.
Police said the sophisticated hidden set-up is believed to be the largest underground cannabis factory uncovered.
In addition to the drugs, they discovered an AK47 assault rifle, two sawn-off shotguns and three handguns were recovered along with two loaded magazines, ammunition, shotgun cartridges.
The criminal investigation which followed resulted in Reilly pleading guilty to a number of firearm and drug related offences.
He received a 12-year term of imprisonment on July 21, 2011.
Police then conducted a financial investigation against Reilly to deprive him of his profits from his vast criminal enterprise.
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