Time's up for drugs criminal as court seizes diamond-encrusted watch worth £100k
A drugs criminal was stripped of his assets in the form of a £100k diamond-encrusted watch - which he claimed was a loan for a rap video.
Lyndon Hudson is already 'serving time' after being convicted of drugs trafficking last year.
The 39-year-old from Leeds was jailed for five years and three months for his role in the production of cannabis.
Following the sentence, a search of Hudson's possessions uncovered a diamond-encrusted Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch, which is valued at £100,000.
Hudson, of Leicester Close, initially claimed the watch wasn't his but was on loan from a Dubai-based jeweller to be featured in a rap video.
But a proceeds of crime hearing held on Monday conceded Hudson was the true owner of the watch, and a confiscation order was made for more than £150,000 of ill-gotten gains.
Speaking after the case, Ramona Senior, Head of West Yorkshire Police's Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART) said: “Hudson gave an unlikely tale as regards the provenance of a high-value watch, found in his possession when arrested.
“Thanks to good work by the financial investigator, his claim was shown for what it was – a story - which he abandoned at today’s hearing.
“Convicted drug traffickers can expect to have their assets identified and confiscated. This watch will now go to auction and a property in Leeds will have to be sold in order to meet the order.”