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Monies recovered from suspected 21/03/2012 At Dumfries Sheriff Court, £34,350 was forfeited by Andrew Marc Ould under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002.

Monies recovered from suspected

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, £34,350 was forfeited by Andrew Marc Ould under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002.

Dumfries & Galloway police officers were carrying out routine traffic duties on the A74(M) near to Lockerbie on 14th September 2011 when they stopped Ould's car. Inside the car, they found packages containing the cash.

The circumstances indicated that Ould was acting as a drugs courier and "cash mule". It is suspected that the cash represented payment for a consignment of controlled drugs that had earlier been delivered to the Glasgow area by Ould.

Ould, from Marford, Wrexham, did not contest the forfeiture.

"This case shows very clearly how the cash forfeiture provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 can be used to disrupt drug dealers,” said Ruaraidh Macniven, Head of the Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) at COPFS. "The case also shows the firm determination of the Civil Recovery Unit to make Scotland a hostile environment for criminals."

The CRU acts on behalf of the Scottish Ministers in the exercise of their functions under POCA 2002. In practice, the CRU investigates and recovers the proceeds of crime without the need for criminal conviction. The CRU is a multi-disciplinary team comprising solicitors, financial investigators, support staff and forensic accountants. The civil recovery functions of the CRU are exercised independently of the prosecutorial functions of the rest of COPFS.

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