Drug-growing pair must repay £33,000

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A couple who admitted growing drugs in their Chesterfield home have been ordered to pay back more than £33,000.

Brian Wilsher, aged 62, was jailed for three-and-a-half years in April 2013 after admitting production of cannabis and possession with intent to supply class C drugs.

His wife Marion, also 62, received a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, after she admitted permitting the production of cannabis at their home on Erin Road, Duckmanton.

The case against the couple began when police searched their home on July 25 last year and found more than 100 cannabis plants, a large number of diazepam tablets and £7,000 in cash.

The pair were arrested and charged with drugs offences and pleaded guilty at a hearing at Derby Crown Court.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act this week, Brian Wilsher was ordered to pay back £17,523 and Marion Wilsher was told she must repay £16,102. The £7,000 found by police during the search of the couple’s home was forfeited to police.

They have been given six months to meet the order or face 10 months in prison.

Detective Superintendent Terry Branson, who leads Proceeds of Crime Act cases for Derbyshire Police, said: “The Act is an excellent piece of legislation which allows us to make sure criminals are stripped of any wealth they have made illegally.”

n Anyone with information on those living on the proceeds of crime is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.