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We'll get their cash' vow.

THE Crown Prosecution Service last night vowed to recover more than pounds 700,000 of the gang's ill-gotten gains or ensure they serve more time in prison.

Colin Davis from the CPS, who has been working alongside officers from Merseyside's special investigation team, said the service would ensure that those involved in the drug ring stood to lose all the money they had made.

He explained that under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, which came into effect in March 2003, confiscation orders that are fixed by the court must be made or the defender will be forced to serve more time in prison.

He revealed that the CPS had already identified pounds 700,000 of assets liable for confiscation and expected more to be found as part of an ongoing investigation into the group's finances.

Mr Davis said: "The sentencing of this gang is just one stage in the justice process.

"We have already identified over pounds 700,000 of assets that we believe have been financed illegally and further investigations into the financial standing of these offenders is ongoing.

"Confiscation orders will be issued to retrieve any property that has been bought with the proceeds of crime in the last six years. It is up to the offender to satisfy the courts that what they own came from a legitimate source or it will be seized.

"This stops offenders from profiting from crime and sends out an important message that not only will we take away offenders liberty but will also take away their profits of crime."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2007
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