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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

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Money laundering charge dropped against cannabis grower

A man who has admitted growing cannabis at his home has had a second charge of money laundering dropped.

Mark Austin, 42, had already admitted a charge of producing the class C drug when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court to plead not guilty to possessing cash which he knew had come from criminal conduct.

Prosecutor Gerard Rogerson immediately offered no evidence on that charge, saying it would be “duplicitous” since any money he had made from the cannabis would be taken into account later on when Austin, of Senhouse Street, Siddick, Workington, would be facing action under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Austin was remanded on bail for background reports and will be sentenced for the cannabis cultivation on August 4.

The Proceeds of Crime hearing, at which he could be made to repay any benefits he accrued from the cannabis, will be held on November 7.

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