Man receives suspended sentence after £100k seizure

Date published: 02 December 2019 17:08
Dated: 02 December 2019 17:05:56
A member of an organised crime gang in Sheffield has received a suspended prison sentence after officers seized almost £100k cash hidden at his home.

Karl Ray, 32, of Thornborough Road, was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Sheffield Crown Court last week (29 November) after pleading guilty to concealing criminal property under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

In July 2017, officers from Proactive CID carried out a warrant at Ray’s home in the Heeley area of Sheffield based on intelligence that he was linked to organised crime.

T/DI Andrew Shields said: “Once inside the property, officers found Ray pretending to be asleep in one of the bedrooms. Extensive searches led to the team seizing £98,553 from hiding places throughout his house, a huge chunk of the money was concealed in a carrier bag, hidden in a wardrobe.

“When the money was forensically tested it was found to be covered in traces of diamorphine, more commonly known as heroin.

“This was a huge amount of cash, being deliberately concealed and stored by Ray. There is no doubt that by seizing it, my officers have disrupted the activities of a highly organised criminal operation.

“We are carrying out this type of proactive work every single day of the year and this should serve as a message to those indulging in criminality that we are watching and we are taking action.”

A Proceeds of Crime Investigation is ongoing in relation to the confiscation of the money seized, with a further hearing date to be set.
Karl Ray

Karl Ray

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