"These sentences reflect the severity of Hussain and Khan’s criminality"
Two men from the West Midlands, Abid Hussain, aged 50, and Janger Khan aged 55, have been jailed after being caught with £1 million worth of Heroin in their suitcase at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 car park.
At their trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, Hussain was jailed for eight years and one month and Khan received eight and a half years in prison.
Khan arrived from Pakistan on a morning flight and Hussain, his partner in the crime, was at Heathrow airport to collect him and the drugs haul her brought with him in a suitcase.
Hussain from Wednesbury and Khan from Birmingham were both stopped on July 22, 2018, by officers from the Metropolitan Police Crime Partnership (OCP) and National Crime Agency in a joint operation, as they tried to leave the airport’s car park.
When the officers stopped and searched their car, in the boot they found the suitcase. Upon opening it, they discovered a containment of ten kilos of heroin which had an incredible estimated street value of £968,000.
Immediately, Hussain and Khan were arrested on the spot for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. They were taken into custody and remanded.
During their trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, Hussain pleaded guilty on the first day to the offences of trafficking drugs.
Khan who pleaded not guilty was found guilty by the jury hearing the case within two hours with an overwhelming verdict.
After the sentencing, the OCP Operations Manager, Matt McMillan told said:
“These sentences reflect the severity of Hussain and Khan’s criminality and should act as a deterrent for those involved in the supply of drugs.
“Drugs are a blight on communities, fuel gang violence and exploit venerable people.
“The OCP will continue to investigate those involved in this serious criminality.”
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has been working on proposals to tackle drug crime in the region, saying:
“Despite the good work being done by many, collectively our approach to drugs is failing.
“Drugs are costing the West Midlands £1.4 billion each year.”
“It means people are forced to live with more crime, public services are put under strain and not enough is done to reduce the suffering of those who are addicted.
“If we are to cut crime and save lives there’s one thing we can all agree on; we need fresh ideas.
“These are bold, but practical proposals that will reduce crime, the cost to the public purse and the terrible harm caused by drugs.
“These proposals tackle the drugs market head-on, hitting the organised criminals profiting from the misery of others.”