"we have removed a significant amount of Class A"
Mubinar Rahman, aged 26, of South Shields, was jailed for nine years for his involvement in a global dark web organised crime group. The trafficker posted dozens of packages of Class A drugs around the world.
It is believed he posted over 104 packages of MDMA to global destinations.
NCA investigators searched his home in Henry Nelson Street and found receipts for the parcels being sent with a combined weight of 157kg.
Between June 29 and July 27, 2020, the NCA and Border Force intercepted 39 packages from Rahman.
The recovered packages were destined for addresses in the UK, United States, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
On July 28, NCA officers watched Rahman park his BMW outside a flat in Marlborough Court.
He entered the flat and was arrested when he came out.
Inside the car were 10 parcels addressed to international recipients.
Officers searched the flat and recovered 25kg of MDMA, 134kgs of amphetamine sulphate, drug packaging equipment, heat-sealing and vacuum packing equipment and a label printer and laptop.
In a police interview, Rahman declined to answer questions.
On the encrypted communication platform EncroChat, analysis of messages helped officers to identify other suspects involved in the dark web drugs network.
In April 2021, two men were arrested on suspicion of importing and supplying Class A, B and C drugs.
They have been charged and will appear in court in April 2022.
Two other men are wanted as part of the investigation and are believed to be on the run.
In total, the investigation resulted in seizures of 90kg of MDMA, 134kg of amphetamine and more than 6,000 diazepam/alprazolam tablets with a combined street value of £4.3m.
The NCA investigation was supported by the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
At Newcastle Crown Court, Rahman admitted trafficking drugs and possession of Class A with intent to supply.
The drugs trafficker has previous convictions for dealing.
NCA Branch Commander Martin Clarke said:
“Rahman was working for a well-established criminal network which exploited the fast parcel system to move illegal drugs.”
“Working with key partners at home such as Border Force, and abroad with HSI, we have removed a significant amount of Class A from circulation and denied Rahman’s organised crime group the chance to plough profits from those drugs into more criminality.
“We are determined to do all we can to disrupt all drugs supply routes in and out of the UK.”
Rahman was jailed for nine years.
Tim Hemker, the attache at the US Homeland Security Investigations, said:
“Homeland Security Investigations is proud of our strong partnership with the National Crime Agency.
“Today’s sentencing is the result of our agencies’ exemplary collaboration to hold criminals on the dark web accountable for illegally selling and shipping narcotics overseas and putting countless individuals in danger.
“We will continue to work together to keep drugs off our streets and our communities safe.”