North West Regional Organised Crime Unit


Wed 15th, Aug

Operation Goa is a North West Regional Organised Crime Unit investigation into the production and cultivation of cannabis on a commercial scale which identified 4 cannabis factories around England and Wales.

On 31 March 2018 a total of 13 persons were charged with offences related to the production of cannabis, and on 19 June 2018 they were convicted of Conspiracy to Produce a Controlled Drug of class B (cannabis), which triggered the resulting confiscation proceeds under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Ian Heyes aged 31 years, of Appleton Road, Kirkby, has received a confiscation order of £29,503.00 with available assets identified at £7294.00.  If Heyes refuses to surrender his available assets within a three month period, he will receive a default 3 months sentence and the debt will still remain in full.  The confiscation order will remain on him for life, or until the £29,503.00 is paid back in full.

The North West Regional Organised Crime Unit works relentlessly not only to prosecute offenders of Serious and Organised Crime, but to take back money and assets they have obtained from their criminal enterprises.

If anyone has information about assets held by persons who are subject to confiscation orders they can contact their local police on 101 or Crimestoppers UK on 0800 555111.