Lancashire

Lancashire drugs and money-laundering gang jailed

Top left to right: Zahid Khan, Nadeem Hussain, Mohammed Wasim Akhtar Bottom left to right: Mohammed Miah, Wajid Hussain, Mahmoud Jaber Image copyright Lancashire Police
Image caption Zahid Khan, Nadeem Hussain, Mohammed Wasim Akhtar, Mohammed Miah, Wajid Hussain and Mahmoud Jaber were involved in the gang

Six men involved in a drugs and money-laundering network across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Leicester have been jailed.

They were sentenced at Preston Crown Court for offences including conspiring to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.

Gang leader Zahid Khan, 40, carried out the drug deals and used couriers to transport heroin, cocaine and cash.

Police had seized 1kg of heroin, 1kg of cocaine and nearly £50,000.

Lancashire Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit began investigating the gang in January 2015.

They found couriers were taking drugs to and from Preston, Accrington, Bolton and Leicester.


Sentences in full

  • Zahid Khan, 40, of Albert Terrace, Preston, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine and heroin and conspiring to launder money and was sentenced to 13 years
  • Mahmoud Jaber, 33, of Arncliffe Avenue, Accrington, was found guilty of conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced to 11 years
  • Mohammed Wasim Akhtar, 44, of Skipton Close, Bamber Bridge, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine and conspiring to launder money and was sentenced to six years and four months
  • Mohammed Miah, 35, of Cross Ormerod Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine and conspiring to launder money and was sentenced to eight years and four months
  • Nadeem Hussain, 28, of Falkland Avenue, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder money and was sentenced to 16 months
  • Wajid Hussain, 30, of Symonds Road, Preston, was found guilty of conspiring to launder money and sentenced to two years

A seventh man is due to be sentenced on 26 July. Two other men were given suspended sentences and community service after pleading guilty to money laundering offences.

Det Sgt Mark Lee said: "Our investigation revealed that Khan and his associates couriered drugs around the county and beyond and laundered the proceeds of their drug deals.

"As a result of this operation, we have dismantled a significant drugs network, taking large quantities of cocaine and heroin off our streets, ensuring that those involved in the conspiracy have been brought to justice."

A proceeds of crime investigation will follow.

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