A QUEENSLAND woman convicted of serious drug offences has been ordered to relinquish almost $2 million in cash and property to the State Government.
The 39-year-old from Forest Lake was charged in October 2015 following a major drug investigation, during which police allegedly seized property and $1,782,875 in cash.
Following a protracted financial investigation, the Crime and Corruption Commission on Thursday proved in the Supreme Court that the woman had accumulated the cash and property as the proceeds of crime.
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The Supreme Court ordered $1.97 million to be returned to Queenslanders via payment to the State of Queensland.
CCC Chairperson Alan MacSporran QC said the CCC pursues the recovery of proceeds of crime to reduce the incidence of major crime in Queensland.
“Targeting the profits of criminals prevents the reinvestment of money back into the criminal economy,” Mr MacSporran said.
“When law enforcement agencies work together and use all the tools available, criminals not only face the prospect of serious criminal charges and custodial sentences, they can often end up with no financial benefit and a debt to the State of Queensland.
“I’d like to acknowledge the Queensland Police Service, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and The Public Trustee of Queensland for their assistance and support which contributed to this positive outcome.
“The CCC continues to target participants in criminal organisations.”