Westmoreland cocaine convict to pay $17.5 million
A Westmoreland man has been ordered to pay more than $17.5 million to the Government after he was found to have a criminal lifestyle.
The order was made against Ralph Gregg, who was convicted of possession of cocaine and dealing in cocaine in 2013. Upon his conviction, the Asset Recovery Unit argued that he should pay over the money to the State because of his drug dealing. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, a person convicted of dealing in cocaine can be regarded as having a criminal lifestyle.
Gregg rejected the assertion that his assets have been accumulated as a result of drug dealing. He argued that all his assets and expenditures came from his legitimate employment as a carpenter in Canada. He failed to produce documentary evidence of his alleged legitimate earnings.
The court, in handing down its judgment in the landmark case, said the payment must be made by August 28.