Police take $1.6m of assets from Waihi P cook

Last updated 11:22 28/11/2013

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A convicted Waihi P cook has been ordered to hand over $1.6 million worth of assets including property, cars and a marina berth to police after the High Court in Hamilton ruled he had made a profit from his crimes.

Scott Warren Filer, 49, was sentenced to a 17-year jail term in February last year after was found guilty of manufacturing about four kilograms of methamphetamine in the Coromandel.

Filer, 48, helped manufacture the methamphetamine, with a street value of between $3 and $4 million, over a nine-month period between October 2009 and May 2010.

On Tuesday in the Hamilton High Court Justice Gilbert handed down a profit forfeiture order of $1.6 million and stripped Filer of his assets from his illegal gains.

Waikato Asset Recovery Manager Craig Hamilton said seized assets included Waihi property worth $235,000, a land on the Otahu River in Whangamata with a market value of $275,000 and a section in Northland worth $75,000.

A marina berth at Whangamata valued at $120,000 is also on the list.

All the assets would be sold and the profits returned to the community, Mr Hamilton said.

Filer was arrested in May 2010 in raids described by police as one of the most significant disruptions to organised crime in New Zealand.

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