Dealer’s as­set sale

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AN axe-car­ry­ing Run­corn cannabis dealer’s BMW is to be sold at po­lice auc­tion in a bid to re­coup some of his il­licit cash.

Scott Jame­son, 31, of Wick­sten Drive, ap­peared via video link at Ch­ester Crown Court on Tues­day for a Pro­ceeds Of Crime Act hear­ing. Jayne Mor­ris, ap­pear­ing for the prose­cu­tion, said Jame­son’s BMW was worth £4,495.

The to­tal ‘ben­e­fit’ fig­ure that Jame­son was es­ti­mated to have gleaned from his in­volve­ment in crime was £42,000 but de­fence coun­sel Tom Wat­son said the fig­ure was ‘aca­demic’ as his client was in debt with ‘no as­sets’ other than the car.

Miss Mor­ris said a Vaux­hall Vec­tra that had be­longed to the de­fen­dant was ‘towed away by the po­lice’ over two years ago and a Land Rover had been ‘sold for scrap’.

Jame­son was sen­tenced in July to two years and five months in prison af­ter a court heard po­lice stopped him in the BMW.

Not only was there a ● short-han­dled axe in the footwell, but the car con­tained a dealer’s list, an Aquaris smart­phone with a rep­u­ta­tion for high-level en­cryp­tion, a ‘graft phone’, £1,820 in cash which he said was from sell­ing a mo­tor­bike, and a shop re­ceipt for a £1,000 wire trans­fer to some­one in Spain sus­pected to be in­volved in money laun­der­ing.

A search of his home re­vealed an­other dealer’s list, £4,972.52 in cash and a ten­ancy agree- ment for an ad­dress on Arthur Street, Run­corn, where of­fi­cers found four one-kilo­gram packs of cannabis with an es­ti­mated street value of £47,000.

Jame­son told the court he was keen for the case to be heard as it was de­lay­ing a change in his prison cat­e­gori­sa­tion.

Deputy cir­cuit judge His Hon­our Judge David Hale ad­journed the case to Jan­uary 25 to al­low for the BMW to go to auc­tion.

Scott Paul Jame­son, 30

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