“The seizure of this significant amount of heroin is a big step"
A pair of convicted drug dealers from Bradford have been forced to hand over almost £140,000 in illegal profits.
Yusuf Kara, aged 30, and Ashraf Khan, aged 31, were jailed for money laundering and drugs convictions in December 2019.
On Thursday, October 17, 2019, Khan had been spotted driving his Citroen Berlingo van to Whinbrook Gardens, Leeds, where he pulled up next to a grey Peugeot, which was being driven by Kara.
Kara went to the boot of the vehicle and took out a black bin bag. He then put it into the back of the van before both men drove away. It was later confirmed that the bag contained a quantity of cash.
Later that day, officers stopped Khan on Ramsbottom Street, Bolton. They discovered around £130,000 in cash concealed under a false floor in the van.
Khan was subsequently arrested at the scene. It was heard that he was previously convicted for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
On Shearbridge Road, Bradford, Kara was arrested and officers executed a search of his house.
Inside, they found 56 packages of heroin hidden in bags and a suitcase. Each heroin package weighed one kilogram, with a street value of £3 million.
It was discovered that Kara had made £1,091,007.74 over the full course of his criminal activities.
Kara was jailed for 10 years and four months while Khan was sentenced to 28 months in prison.
NCA Operations Manager Jo Broadbent previously said:
“The seizure of this significant amount of heroin is a big step towards protecting the public from the damage and devastation drugs cause.
“These drugs often end up in the hands of County Lines networks, where they fuel violence and the exploitation of young and vulnerable people.
“This significant amount of drugs haven’t made their way to the streets and the criminals behind them are behind bars.”
“Tackling drug trafficking is one of our highest priorities, and the NCA will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to pursue and disrupt offenders.”
Now, the NCA has gone after the drug dealers’ ill-gotten gains.
The bulk of the cash has been recovered from Kara, who was given a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act totalling £136,907.81 at Leeds Crown Court on August 14, 2020.
Kara has three months to pay the money or he will face an additional 16 months in prison and still be liable to pay the full amount.
He must also forfeit a Ford Focus and a Peugeot 207, which he had used to transport drugs.
Khan had benefitted £249,550.15 from his criminal activity.
He was made to pay £2669.69. A number of phones found in his possession have now been destroyed.
NCA Branch Commander Mark Spoors said:
“The class A drug trade fuels violence and intimidation in our communities and Kara was living a lavish lifestyle profiting from this criminality.
“Today’s result shows the full extent of the NCA’s impact; an already imprisoned Class A drug trafficker and money launderer being stripped of his illicit cash and assets.
“We continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to pursue serious and organised criminals and deny them their proceeds of crime.”