Over £4 million in criminal cash has been recovered by Greater Manchester Police in less than a year

Important work being done across all ten boroughs.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 21st March 2024

Greater Manchester Police have revealed that over £4 million in criminal cash and assets have been recovered in less than a year of cracking down across the region.

As per a press release from GMP, they detailed how the dedicated Asset Detention and Recovery Unit (ADRU) collected a total of £4,226,798.39 in the past financial year.

Based on figures starting from April 2023 until now and made up of over 420 successful forfeiture orders, the impressive haul is made up of £3,816,998.39 in cash and an additional £409,800.00 in listed assets such as high-value watches and jewellery.

On Tuesday, 20 March alone, the team successfully secured a whopping £192,486.14 worth of illegal money and possessions submitted to Tameside Magistrates Court.

With notable instances including this latest result and the infamous ‘Counterfeit King’ being arrested at the start of the year, this week means that the ADRU has also surpassed last year’s recovery total of £4,022,847.37.


Again, already a staggering intake.

Citing other efforts by the unit, the statement goes on to explain how an October sting over in Ardwick saw officers find a “substantial” amount of cocaine hidden inside a toilet cistern, as well as precisely £11,385 in cash and a Rolex Oyster Watch worth over £12,000.


But this particular operation didn’t stop there either, as these items were recovered along with a 1.87kg bag of cannabis, scales, vacuum-sealed bags a heat-sealing machine and envelopes, indicating they formed “part of a wider criminal enterprise”.

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Better still, as part of the nationwide Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme (ARIS), while 50% of the money reclaimed is investing into the force and their further efforts, the other half goes straight back into various initiatives that benefit the community.

Detective Inspector Sarah Langley, of GMPs Asset Detention and Recovery Unit, said of the latest stats: “This is a huge achievement for the team. The officers in the unit work hard and a huge amount of work goes into preparing these cases to go to court to successfully recover criminal’s finances.


“The money comes from a wide range of criminal activity from across Greater Manchester, from smaller amounts of cash we retrieve from local drug dealing issues, right up to disrupting large-scale organised criminals operating in the regions where money is often used to further serious violence in our communities.”

A great approach to making sure this money is put to best use to but make sure it continues, the authorities reiterate that they still “need you and your information”, so as always, if you have any knowledge of criminal activity you can call 101, 999 in immediate situations or use Crimestoppers anonymously.

We all have our part to play.

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