#AceNewsReport – July.30: Members of a drugs gang jailed for almost 60 years have lost more than their freedom – after West Midlands Police has swooped to recover over £280,000 of their ill-gotten gains: The crime group supplied heroin, cocaine and cannabis on an ’industrial scale’ in Birmingham until they were rumbled by the force: Despite being sentenced in 2016, officers from the financial investigation team continued to pursue enquiries into money made from their illegal activities: Extensive investigations were carried out – with financial records scrutinised – to set about tracing and seizing ’dirty money” ………..At Birmingham Crown Court last Friday (19 July), six members of the drug network were ordered to pay back a combined £280,031 or face extended jail terms under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
Sandeep Kandola, of Wednesbury was found to have pocketed £188,000 of the criminal cash and must repay this within three months: The 37-year-old is currently serving an 11 year jail term and enquiries established large sums had been transferred into his mortgage account: These were layered to hide the origins of the money and it was established they were used to pay off the mortgage for a property – which was later rented out and generated £55,000.
Mobasser Hussain-Ali, 34, of Lozells, was also found to have £82,000, and the remainder between Shaymus Ulhaq, 35, of Handsworth; Azim Thakur, aged 34, of Edgbaston; Narrinder Kandola, 38, of Edgbaston and Jamie Hadley, 27, of Erdington: Between them they were sentenced to just over 58 years with four of them still serving time behind bars.
Detective Constable Rob Gough, from the financial investigation unit, said: “Drugs cause untold misery in our communities and we’re determined to ensure those involved in supplying them would not benefit from their ill-gotten gains: “Despite members of the gang already being jailed we carried out a complex investigation into their finances which spanned almost four years: “This has now seen a substantial amount of money identified for seizure and proves that crime doesn’t pay. A jail term does not mean the end of our enquiries.”…….Money obtained through POCA is put into good causes through the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Active Citizens Fund, whereby seized cash is used to fund community projects.
The Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added: “This police operation has proved to be highly successful: “West Midlands Police has brought members of an organised drug gang to justice, making our streets safer and helping to disrupt a network of criminals who were causing untold misery in our region: “What’s more, the smart financial investigators have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to recover more than a quarter of a million pounds. Much of that money will now be reinvested in community initiatives designed to reduce crime throughout the West Midlands.”
#AceNewsDesk reports ……………..Published: July.30: 2019:
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