An alleged drug dealer was said to have had £4,000 stashed behind a wash basin. 

Swindon magistrates heard police had raided a caravan linked to 20-year-old Isiah Tafari in South Cerney, on Monday.

Papers presented to the justices by police on Wednesday morning said officers had found £4,000 cash hidden behind a wash basin pedestal. Street deals of cannabis were also found in the mobile home. 

The money was suspected to be the proceeds from drug dealing, police said. 

Wiltshire Police fraud investigator Nigel Laud asked the magistrates for permission to retain the £4,000 for six months under Proceeds of Crime Act rules. The application was not opposed by Tafari.

The JPs approved the request. Chairman of the bench Sarah Neish said of the police’s paper application: “It seemed very clear and comprehensive. We approve this initial cash detention for six months.” 

Tafari, of no fixed address, is due before the court later today. He faces allegations of being concerned in the supply of cannabis and cocaine, possession with intent to supply cannabis, money laundering, dangerous driving and assaulting emergency workers.