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Elderly Welling cannabis dealer found hiding in wardrobe
A 64-year-old Welling cannabis dealer found hiding in a wardrobe when police raided her home has been ordered to pay back £42,463 in drug money.
Thui Luu Vuong, of Rochester Way, Welling, was told in Woolwich Crown Court on May 9 she must pay back the sum - calculated to be the amount she earned through her dealing.
It follows a police raid on her home in July 2011, when officers found her inside a bedroom wardrobe, with another man crouched behind a door.
In two rooms upstairs, cultivating equipment was found together with 123 skunk cannabis plants. Air vents were hanging from the ceiling and in the loft.
Last September at the same court Vuong was found guilty of being concerned in the production of cannabis, possession of drugs with intent to supply and abstracting electricity.
A 28 year-old man released on bail is still at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Detective Sergeant Michael McElroy from Lewisham police's criminal finance team said: "A financial investigation has been ongoing since the arrest of Vuong and during our investigation we found that she had considerable amounts of cash passing through her bank account which was unexplained income which she had not paid income tax.
"Since the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was introduced we have increasingly been able to seize assets acquired as a result of criminal activity. This latest confiscation should send a clear message that no matter how long it takes we will pursue you to recover assets made from criminal activity."
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