British Pakistani caught with £48k Heroin at UK Airport

A British Pakistani man from Coventry was arrested at a UK airport after officers connected him to a stash of heroin worth £48,000.

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The seized drugs had a street value of more than £50,000.

Zaoheb Iqbal, aged 33, of Coventry, was sentenced to nine years in prison after officers found heroin in a car worth almost £50,000.

He was arrested shortly after stepping off a flight at Birmingham Airport. Iqbal had returned from Pakistan when police made the arrest.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that in December 2018, Iqbal was spotted running from Springfield Road in Foleshill.

Officers had stopped a Peugeot 307 there and when officers searched it, they found a stash of heroin with an approximate street value of £48,000.

The occupants of the vehicle were arrested and subsequently charged, but officers were determined to pursue and convict Iqbal.

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He was arrested, however, officers had to release him when a search found he had nothing on him.

But officers retraced his steps and discovered a set of keys to a parked car he had been standing next to. A search of the vehicle revealed more than £18,000 in cash and two mobile phones in the footwell.

One of the phones was linked to Iqbal and contained records of calls he made to the driver of the Peugeot.

Further phone calls connected Iqbal to a drug seizure on Villa Road in November 2018.

The seized drugs had a street value of more than £50,000.

Iqbal was arrested at Birmingham Airport after returning from Pakistan.

At the start of his trial on October 28, 2019, Iqbal pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

Coventry Telegraph reported that he was jailed for nine years.

Not only is the supply of drugs being dealt between cities but people are even importing them from other countries.

In one high-profile case, three relatives were jailed for a total of fourty-five years after they imported at least £2.49 million worth of heroin into the UK from Pakistan.

The men smuggled the drugs through UK airports concealed within motorcycle gloves, equine dentistry equipment and boxing gloves.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) seized 13 packages containing five kilograms of high purity heroin.

They estimated a further 14 kilograms were imported based on records showing previous parcels linked to the crime group.

Border Force officers at Stansted Airport had seized nearly three kilos of heroin concealed in cobb elevators, which is a piece of surgical equipment for the spine.

Luton-based Sultan Mahmood Butt was identified as the leader of the drugs gang. He was responsible for organising the importations from Pakistan.

Nibeel Saghir acted as the middleman who made sure that the drugs were delivered to various addresses in Luton and Birmingham. Rizwan Ahmed and their associate Denise Ellis assisted him.

An investigation by the NCA led to their arrests and their conviction.

Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”


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