Dealer’s asset sale
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