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More than £10,000 seized from cannabis grower Robert Konieczny

A sheriff court has confiscated more than £10,000 from a man for cultivating cannabis in his home.

A Confiscation Order for £10,800 was made against Robert Konieczny at Livingston Sheriff Court.

The 29-year-old was previously sentenced to 150 hours of community service for the crime.

The money seized will be reinvested to local community projects through the CashBack for Communities programme.

When police officers originally visited Konieczny's home address in Bathgate on 28 July 2012 they noticed a strong smell of cannabis.

He then showed the officers a cultivation of six cannabis plants in the property's loft. Officers also recovered £2,200 in cash from the kitchen.

Konieczny pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis on 16 January 2013 and was sentenced to a 150 hour Community Payback Order.

Criminal profit

Lindsey Miller, Procurator Fiscal for Organised Crime & Counter Terrorism, said: "Due to his conviction for cultivating cannabis, following sentence Konieczny's financial records for the six years prior to his arrest were opened up to a thorough investigation by our forensic accountants.

"He was found to be unable to account for £27,340.05 of his income during that period, and today we have secured a confiscation order for over £10,000 of that sum, which represents all of his available assets at this time.

"Should we uncover further assets in the future, we can go back to the court and seek to raise the amount of the confiscation order up to the total amount of his criminal profit."

She added: "The funds recovered will be added to the £80m already gathered from proceeds of crime to be re-invested in the community by Scottish ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme."

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