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
- Leicestershire Police sold a number of the items on its eBay site last December
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.
The police have now put these items up for sale on eBay, with recent sales including a Range Rover Sport HSE for £18,000 and a gold Rolex Sky-Dweller Master watch for more than £26,000.
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.
Range Rover Sport HSE which was sold for more than £18,000 using the force’s eBay site in December 2022
Designer Hublot watch seized and sold by police through their eBay site in December 2022
Canada Goose jacket which was sold by police in December 2022
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.
The force raked in £240,000 between April 2022 and March this year by selling 57 of the items on eBay.
The £6.38million worth of goods and cash was seized from criminals between April 2020 and March 2023.
The money raised goes to the Home Office with a proportion of it being put back into policing.
The goods – seized by Leicestershire Police – included designer clothes, sports cars and luxury watches which totalled £6.38million
Chief Constable Rob Nixon (left) pictured with Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews (right) next to a police car funded from POCA proceeds
The Leicestershire force has used some of the money to buy two new police cars and set up a domestic abuse rehabilitation programme.
Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews said: ‘This is great work by the force and sends a strong message to those who commit crime that their illegal gains can and will be taken away from them.
‘I think law-abiding residents will appreciate the fact that this money is used to combat crime still further, so it really is a case of the offender helping the police make our communities safe.’
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