"We know that every organised crime group relies on cash flow."
Two drug dealers have been jailed for a total of 13 years and four months after they were caught with 18 kilograms of class A drugs with a street value of more than £2 million and almost £50,000 in cash.
Abol Boshor, aged 35, and Rajinder Kumar, aged 31, were both arrested in 2018 following a joint operation by the National Crime Agency and Met Police’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).
On November 14, 2018, both men were spotted by OCP officers meeting on Thomas Street in West Bromwich. Bosher arrived in a van while Kumar arrived by car.
The pair were seen talking by the open van door for approximately 10 minutes before Bosher left in the van.
He was stopped by police a few minutes later on the M6 motorway.
Bosher jumped out of the van and attempted to flee. However, when he realised that his only escape route was a 50-metre drop down to the railway line, he gave up and was arrested.
Police searched his van and found 12 kilograms of heroin with a street value of £1.2 million. They subsequently searched his home address in Southall, London and discovered £44,000 in cash.
Kumar was arrested before he left Thomas Street. Officers searched his vehicle and found six kilograms of cocaine which had a street value of £900,000.
Both men were arrested and subsequently charged. They admitted conspiracy to supply heroin.
Kumar also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply. Both drug dealers pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Rajinder Kumar, of Handsworth, Birmingham was jailed for eight years. Abol Boshor was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
Following their sentence, OCP Operations Manager Matt McMillan said:
“Drugs fuel crime and exploitation and these lengthy sentences reflect the severity of Boshor and Kumar’s offences. It should act as deterrent for those involved in the supply of drugs.
“We know that every organised crime group relies on cash flow. Disrupting their activity and intercepting the money that is so important to their business stops them from investing in other criminal activity and paying their own people.
“It also damages the trust and credibility with other criminal groups, making it harder for them to do business together in future.”
“We will continue to pursue and bring to justice organised criminals working with partners and using all the tools available to us.”