Police seize more than £6million worth from drug dealers and gangsters including Range Rovers, Rolexes and artworks – and try to flog it all on eBay
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
Police seized more than £6million worth of items from drug dealers and gangster and tried to flog it all on eBay.
The goods – seized by Leicestershire Police – included designer clothes, sports cars and luxury watches which totalled £6.38million.
Earlier this year, officers also seized two paintings by John Wilson and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood worth more than £1,700 which had been bought by a major drug dealer.
Rolex and Hublot watches valued at £20,000 were also taken from the criminal.
Leicestershire Police was the first force in the UK to use eBay to sell assets which were paid for with cash generated through criminal activity.
The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) allows the force’s economic crime unit to seize the goods.
Since 2016, £1.25million has been raised by the force by selling some of the seized items on eBay.
The proceeds from the recovery of criminal assets, including cash, as well as using eBay, amounts to £4.2million.