FOUR people have been ordered to pay back more than £375,000 in cash and assets after being convicted of being involved in the supply of illegal drugs.
The ringleader of the group, Wesley Wells-Burr, was last week jailed for three years and seven months after police discovered cannabis factories in Chard and Churchstanton, near Taunton.
Police enquiries into the criminal enterprise began back in May 2017, when during a search for a missing person they encountered Jay Macquarrie with a significant amount of cannabis.
Phone work was carried out and discovered a link between him and Wells-Burr, leading to a warrant being conducted in Chard two months later at an address owned by Wells-Burr and Jeanette Pezare.
As the investigation continued, two other sites in Churchstanton were searched belonging to the pair, where officers seized thousands of pounds’ worth of cannabis, cash, and a firearm.
Forensics work was carried out and led police to discover a number of other men were involved in the criminal enterprise.