Man jailed after police find drugs and cash - Chorleywood

05/10/2016

Police recovered over £120,000 of suspected drug money after the man entrusted to look after it called them because his hire car had been damaged.

Two PCSOs went to Michael Louvieris' flat in Hubbards Road, Chorleywood on 2 January this year after he complained about damage to the black Mercedes. Inside the flat, the PCSOs noticed herbal cannabis and a line of cocaine on top of the fridge. They called in search officers, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Wednesday, 05 October 2016.

Andrea Scott-Lynch, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that in a trunk at the end of the bed there were two bags containing more than £21,000 and a money counting machine. In the loft there was a red bag that had more than £100,000 in it. The total came to £121,800.

Louvieris, a song-writer on benefits, was arrested and said he was looking after the money. He said he had been told if he got robbed the debt would be down to him.

The 39-year-old, appeared for sentence having been convicted by the magistrates' of concealing criminal property on 12 September this year.

Defending, Nasreen Tincey said her client suffered from a degenerative back condition which is why he was taking cannabis. She said he was a song-writer who was not living a lavish lifestyle and was being used by others. She asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.

Judge John Plumstead jailed him for 3 years 9 months and said: "This was large scale money laundering. The overwhelming likelihood is that it was the proceeds of drug trafficking." He said to him: "You were willing to take the risk of helping to hide the proceeds of crime. It is not a minor matter. You had a note counting machine, which shows a degree of sophistication and planning." Louvieris must also pay £650 costs.

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