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Cannabis baron ordered to forfeit millions

Joanne Ginley, Yorkshire Post, 14th May 2006

A DRUGS baron jailed for a multi-million-pound plot to smuggle cannabis into Britain through West Yorkshire was yesterday ordered to forfeit millions from his personal fortune.

Daniel Redmond is already serving nine-and-a-half years behind bars.

The 61-year-old was responsible for plotting the international operation from his home in the Costa del Sol between July 1996 and April 1998.

The Dubliner, who used a number of aliases, enjoyed a champagne lifestyle working with gangland figures from around the world.

Redmond lived in an exclusive villa, sported heavy gold "bling" jewellery and designer clothes and drove a top-of-the-range Jaguar sports car.

Snaresbrook Crown Court in London heard since he was jailed in June last year police had uncovered over £3m in realisable property.

Ben Nolan, QC, prosecuting, said the assets included Redmond's home in Malaga, Spain and cash found in a safe custody box at Los Boliches in Spain.

Judge David Radford ordered Redmond to forfeit the cash and warned him: "If you fall in default of payment, you are liable to serve a period of five-and-a-quarter years imprisonment."

The proceedings finally brought an end to West Yorkshire Police's 10-year-long Operation Caddy and the judge praised the team's efforts, saying a number of internationally-based drug traffickers had been brought to justice as a result.

Redmond's fatal mistake was trusting two undercover police officers who, acting on intelligence, infiltrated his gang and exposed the alleged conspiracy.

The covert operation began 10 years ago when West Yorkshire Police discovered criminals were secretly shipping consignments of cannabis to Agbrigg Farm, Doncaster Road, Wakefield.

Last June at Snaresbrook Crown Court a jury convicted Redmond, then of Malaga, Spain, of conspiracy to import a class B drug.

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