£31k seized from drug dealer caught with massive cannabis stash

A drug dealer was caught with a massive stash of cannabis stuffed into laundry bags marked ‘fragile’.

Police stopped Tariq Khwaja as he was driving on the M6 near junction 14 and made the shocking discovery.

The 47-year-old was jailed for nine years for possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis in March 2018.

A confiscation order demanding that Khwaja, formerly of Parkhill Road in Sutton Coldfield, must repay £31,955 was granted Wolverhampton Crown Court on June 16.

The full amount must be paid in three months, with failure to repay resulting in a further 12-month jail sentence.

The Staffordshire Police Financial Investigation Unit, complete investigations that can assist colleagues and partner agencies to identify where a financial benefit has been made, and where appropriate take action in both criminal and civil courts.

Once the order is paid, the money is distributed between the Government Agencies, Courts, CPS and Police. The money returned to Staffordshire Police is used to fund crime fighting and support crime and anti-social behaviour reduction initiatives.

Detective Sergeant Chris Roberts, of the Financial Investigation unit, said: “We will continue to explore opportunities to use the Proceeds of Crime Act. This legislation allows us to recover assets from criminals and ensure that they don’t benefit financially from their crimes.”

“We’re very pleased the order has been…

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