In August 2015, detectives from the South Australia Police Financial and Cybercrime Investigation Branch arrested and charged a man with possession of over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine and 859 grams of cocaine.
In June 2019, he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with a non-parole period of six years for taking part in the sale of a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug, possessing a large commercial quantity of a controlled drug for sale, possessing a drug for sale and unlawful possession. South Australia Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions then commenced civil proceedings against him under the Criminal Assets Confiscation Act. These proceedings were finalised in March this with the Court ordering the man forfeit $67,830, a Holden Calais, and a 1950’s classic car.
The convicted man made an offer to pay $100,000.00 in order to retain the classic car but that offer was quickly rejected by the South Australia Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.
The main objective of the confiscation legislation is to maximise the greatest disruption possible to serious and organised crime through the confiscation of proceeds of crime and other assets. The classic car recently sold at auction for in excess of $165,000. The proceeds of the sale will go to the Victims of Crime fund.
The strong message from police is that if you are arrested and convicted of serious criminal activities be prepared to forfeit any assets, profits or proceeds of crime which are identified and seized by investigators.