More than three kilos of gold jewellery worth £180,000 has been seized from a man entering the country from Dubai at Gatwick Airport.
The man was stopped as he walked through the ‘nothing to declare’ channel. He was caught with plastic bags full of gold necklaces, cufflinks and bracelets.
The passenger initially claimed the jewellery was for “guests to wear at a wedding”, before then trying to understate its value and weight.
Border Forces referred the case to the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, where investigators believed the gold was linked to crime and confiscated it under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The investigators subsequently applied for a forfeiture order for the gold and, following a hearing at Horsham Magistrates’ Court, the order was made this month due to “inconsistencies” in the man’s account.
Senior Financial Investigator David Chave at the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit said: “Recent amendments to legislation allows for the seizure and subsequent forfeiture of certain items, including precious metals, where we can satisfy the court they may derive from criminality or are intended for use in crime.
“This allows us to remove the benefit from crime and disrupts criminals, affecting their ability to function as effectively, and is an important tool for law enforcement in the fight against organised crime.” jewels