Criminals in Derbyshire have been stripped of more than £1 million of their ill-gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The latest figures released by Derbyshire police show that between April 1, 2013, and March this year almost £20,000 per week in cash and other assets was recovered.
The Proceeds of Crime Act gives police and other agencies the power to take criminals to court to recover the money and assets they have made by crimes such as drug dealing or selling stolen property.
In the last year, 101 hearings were held in crown and magistrates’ courts and in total £1,001,250 was recovered.
The biggest confiscation orders were against a couple who ran cannabis farms in Derbyshire and a member of an organised crime group in Chesterfield who stole Harley Davidsons.
Detective Inspector Rob King said: “Our message to offenders is clear – crime does not pay. We will pursue you through both the criminal courts and any assets you may have will be stripped from you.”