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Lakeneath cannabis grower disputes court’s attempt to seize assets

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A Lakenheath man is disputing a bid by the courts to seize his assets claiming the figures are wrong.

Keith Jones, 57, of Barr Drive, was jailed for two years in May after pleading guilty to producing cannabis at a garage and greenhouses at his home.

On Tuesday, Jones told Ipswich Crown Court that he disputed the figures prepared by financial investigators which set out the value of his offending and his assets.

It was alleged at the earlier court hearing that the cannabis had a potential value of £57,000 although the actual sum was likely to have been nearer £28,000.

Jones had said he planned to sell seeds from the crop to raise funds for a legal action against the Government after he had been victim of fraud and which he claimed police had failed to investigate.

Ms Recorder Maureen Baker adjourned the Proceeds of Crime hearing to October 13 to enable Jones to produce his own figures.

He told the court he is planning to lodge an appeal against his conviction but his request to adjourn the Proceeds of Crime hearing until after that was denied.

 

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