A Waihi drug dealer sentenced to 17 years jail for manufacturing methamphetamine has been ordered to forfeit $1.6million worth of assets.
Scott Warren Filer was jailed in February 2012 for manufacturing 3-4kg of methamphetamine.
A berth at Whangamata Marina is one of the assets to be forfeited to the Crown
In the Hamilton High Court on Tuesday, Justice Gilbert ruled Filer had benefited to the value of $1,592,656.21 from his offending and his assets should be forfeited to the Crown.
Waikato Asset Recovery manager Craig Hamilton says the assets forfeited include property in Waihi, Whangamata and Northland; in addition to several vehicles and a lucrative marina berth.
“Filer purchased the berth at Whangamata Marina through a third party for over $80,000 in 2008.
“That prime nautical asset is now valued at $120,000. All of Filer’s assets, including the marina berth, will be sold with the profits returning to the community.”
Property forfeited by Filer includes Waihi real estate valued at $235,000, a parcel of land on the Otahu River in Whangamata with a market value of $275,000 and a section in Northland worth $75,000.
Craig says since the Criminal (Proceeds) Recovery Act was passed in 2009 the police’s ability to target and hurt organised crime has increased dramatically.
“The stripping of assets is sending a clear message to criminals and potential criminals that they should not hope to live on an income funded by criminal activity.
“The Criminal Proceeds Recovery Act is also encouraging members of the public to continue to assist Police in their on-going investigations.”
More than $135.7million of criminal assets are currently subject to Restraining Orders while more than $30million of assets have already been forfeited to the Crown.
Earlier this week Prime Minister John Key announced $3million worth of community funding paid for by the asset recovery programme.
Craig says the removal of assets from criminals requires the specialist skills of a range of staff from within the police and other government agencies.
“Filer’s conviction and subsequent asset forfeiture is testament to the hard work put in by OFCANZ and district staff in Auckland, Waikato and the Coromandel.
“The stripping of assets which have been illegally gained is a vital preventative measure because it sends a message to those on the cusp of offending that crime ultimately does not pay.”