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Dope smoker out of pocket by £8k

PUBLISHED: 16:57 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 12 August 2010

A CANNABIS smoker was ordered to forfeit over £8,000 which he claimed were his life savings. An order was made last Tuesday at Bromley

A CANNABIS smoker was ordered to forfeit over £8,000 which he claimed were his life savings.

An order was made last Tuesday at Bromley Magistrates Court for Roy Pickett, 21, of Berrys Hill, Westerham, to give back the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act. In August 2007, police searched Pickett's house where they found over 3kg of cannabis and £8,480 which he said he had been saving all his life.

But neither HM Revenue and Customs or the Contributions Agency had any record for the tax years 2005/2006 or 2006/2007 and he was unable to provide a credible explanation as to where the money had come from.

Police seized the money and destroyed the drugs, worth £9,552.96, which Pickett said were for his own personal use.

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