The father of a “highly organised crime family”, who was jailed for running £1 million cannabis farms, has been ordered to pay back £56,000 of his criminal gains.
William Fury Snr, aged 47, appeared at Northampton Crown Court, where he was ordered to pay back some of his ill-gotten gains from a small cannabis factory his family ran in Nether Heyford, as well as from a large scale enterprise in Shelton Farm, East Haddon
Judge Rupert Mayo, ordered the gang to pay back a total of £56,052 after estimating the total value of their criminal enterprise at £435,757.
The four men originally pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court in January 2013 to the production of class B drugs. They were sentenced to a total of more than 10 years.
Fury Snr, from Southfield Avenue, Far Cotton, who is serving a prison sentence of three years and four months, must pay back £56,032 within six months or serve a further 18 months behind bars.
William Fury Jnr, aged 26, and Joseph Fury, aged 32, both from Southfield Avenue, Far Cotton, Northampton, must pay back £20.29 and £1, respectively, after investigators ruled they had no assets.
Daniel Stajanovic, aged 25, from Rosebery Avenue, St James, Northampton, must also make a token payment of £1.
During the investigation, officers discovered a sophisticated cannabis factory set-up, which would have been capable of producing more than £1.2 million of drugs per year, if it had not been shut down.
Detective Sergeant John Wooding, from the financial investigation unit, said: “This is yet another example of the financial investigation unit carrying out an in-depth inquiry into the finances of an organised crime group.
“They were involved in large scale supply of illegal drugs within Northamptonshire.
“Recovering money from criminals in Northamptonshire is a priority for us, working towards our goal of eradicating drugs. Offenders that make large sums of money can expect the police to use the powerful legislation of POCA to strip them of their assets and ensure Northamptonshire becomes a safer place to live.”
Fifty per cent of the money will go to the Government, the remaining 50 per cent is split between the police, CPS and the courts.