Date set for drug dealer’s pro­ceeds of crime hear­ing

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @Oliv­erClayRWWN

A PRO­VI­SIONAL date has been set for a bid to seize an ax­e­car­ry­ing Run­corn drug dealer’s ill-got­ten gains.

Scott Jame­son, 31, of Wick­sten Drive, was sen­tenced to two years and five months in prison in July af­ter a court heard how po­lice un­cov­ered a myr­iad of in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence in­clud­ing thou­sands of pounds in cash, two deal­ers’ lists and four ki­los of cannabis in his car and at two ad­dresses.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day, le­gal coun­sel ap­pear­ing be­fore His Hon­our Judge Si­mon Berk­son pen­cilled in a half-day for a Pro­ceeds Of Crime Act hear­ing to take place dur­ing the week com­menc­ing Novem­ber 19.

Jame­son was caught on May 18 by po­lice while he was driv­ing a BMW.

In­side, of­fi­cers found a dealer’s list, an Aquaris smart­phone re­puted to have high-level en­cryp­tion, a ‘graft phone’, £1,820 in cash which he said was from a mo­tor­bike sale, and a shop re­ceipt for a £1,000 wire trans­fer to some­one in Spain who had been ar­rested for money-laun­der­ing of­fences.

There was also a short­handled axe in the pas­sen­ger­side footwell. Jame­son said it was for ‘pro­tec­tion’.

At Jame­son’s home on Wick­sten Drive, of­fi­cers found an­other dealer’s list, £4,972.52 in cash and a ten­ancy agree­ment in his name for an ad­dress on Arthur Street, Run­corn.

There the of­fi­cers found four ● one-kilo packs of cannabis with an es­ti­mated street value of £47,000.

The court heard the deal­ers’ list fea­tured names of con­victed drug of­fend­ers and the cash sums ranged from £1,000 to £20,000.

Jame­son’s de­fence coun­sel said he had be­come in­volved in cannabis sup­ply to help to sup­port a rel­a­tive fol­low­ing a be­reave­ment.

Scott Paul Jame­son, 30

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