Man ordered to repay £225,000 earned from cannabis factory in Small Dole

JPCT 30-01-13 S13050860X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory.  -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151256
JPCT 30-01-13 S13050860X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory. -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151256

A man has been ordered to repay £225,000 he earned in drug profits from a cannabis factory he ran in Small Dole.

Dennis Tanner, 57, of Meadow Close, Hove, was jailed for three years and four months at Chichester Crown Court in October 2013 for cannabis production.

JPCT 30-01-13 S13050752X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory.  -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151345

JPCT 30-01-13 S13050752X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory. -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151345

The drug farm was located at a company he ran specialising in restoring classic cars and making kit cars, at the Mackley industrial estate, a spokesperson for Sussex Police said.

Following enquiries by police financial investigators, Tanner appeared at Chichester Crown Court on Monday (September 7) and was ordered to repay £225,000 profits under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

He was given six months to pay and if he fails to do so is liable to an extra six month sentence and will still have to pay.

His arrest followed an intelligence-led operation by Horsham officers who executed a drugs warrant at his workshops on the industrial estate in Henfield Road, Small Dole, in January 2013.

JPCT 30-01-13 S13050864X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory.  -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151316

JPCT 30-01-13 S13050864X Small Dole, near Henfield. Mackley industrial estate. Cannabis factory. -photo by Steve Cobb ENGSUS00120130130151316

In two upper rooms at the main workshop, officers found 1500 plants, in various stages of growth, with an estimated street value of £120,000.

In court Tanner admitted that he had been engaged in drug production for a sustained period.

Detective inspector Mick Richards of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said; “This was a painstaking and complex financial investigation that unpicked the business accounts and extent of Mr Tanner’s criminal enterprise.

“This highlights the value of financial investigations and the pressure we can bring to bear on criminals by taking their illegally obtained assets.”

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