Burnley cannabis grower ordered to repay £10,000

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A Burnley man who harvested cannabis in his attic has been ordered to pay back more than £10,000.

Kashim Baksh (37), of Colne Road, was found to have benefitted from his criminality to the sum of £10,649 after a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Burnley Crown Court.

He has been ordered to pay the full amount back within a six- month period or face a default prison sentence of seven months.

He will continue to owe the money for as long as it takes him to pay it all back.

Baksh was originally sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, an 18-month supervision order and was ordered to carry out 140 hours’ unpaid work on January 28th this year, after pleading guilty to producing the drug.

Financial investigator DC Tony Morris said: “I am happy with the fact that through the POCA process, we have been able to get back Baksh’s illegally gained money.

“POCA seizures allow us to take back cash from offenders who have gained financially through their criminal behaviour.

“We are able to seize cash, cars and even a person’s home if it is thought these items were used to facilitate carrying out crime or were bought with an offender’s illegal profits.”