Shropshire drug conspiracy case men netted £280,000
Five Shropshire men who were part of a gang involved in a large-scale conspiracy to sell drugs benefited by an estimated £280,000 from their illegal operation, a court has heard.
Heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis were sold on the streets for almost a year in Telford and across the county by the dealers who were said to have had hundreds of customers.
At a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, Judge Simon Drew ruled that the defendants had led criminal lifestyles.
He said that it was a complex conspiracy covering a period of around a year between September 2012, and September, 2013.
Judge Drew said it was impossible to provide precise levels of benefit, but approximate figures had been produced from the known roles played by each defendant.
Yesterday the court heard that 21-year-old Naseer Khan and 22-year-old Waqar Hussain, had supported one of the leading members of the gang in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.
Mr Michael Duck, prosecuting, said that Hussain, who had also been involved in the supply of cannabis, was said to have benefited by around £50,000, but had no available assets.
A car had already been take by police and Hussain was made the subject of a nominal £1 confiscation order.
Khan's benefit was said to have been in the region of £100,000, he had limited means and had forfeited a Vauxhall Corsa car.
He was made subject of a confiscation order for £640 and must serve 18 days in prison if the monies are not paid.
Mr Duck told the court that 29-year-old Robert Carter had admitted being involved dealing cannabis on an almost daily basis between December, 2012 and June, 2013, when he was arrested.
He said Carter's benefit had been estimated at £77,000 and had assets including two cars. A confiscation order was made in the sum of £3,600 and he has six months to pay or serve 60 days in prison.
The court heard that 23-year-old Amar Hussain's estimated benefit was set at £44,000, but he had limited available assets and a confiscation order was made in the sum of £2,730 and he must serve 50 days if the money is not paid. Judge Drew said the defendant must also forfeit a Honda Civic car, a VW Golf, a SatNav and a Samsung mobile phone.
In the case of 23-year-old Wassiem Hussain a confiscation order for £815 was made with 21 days in prison in default.
The court heard his benefit was £8,260 and he had possession of a number of cars, including a Vauxhall Astra worth £600, a laptop worth £100, a camera and £60 in cash.
Judge Drew said Hussain also had forfeit a computer tower, mobile phones and four car door panels found at his home.
In April last year Khan, of Bush Close, Dothill, was given a total of five-and-a-half years at a young offenders institution, and Waqar Hussain, of Hurleybrook Way, Leegomery, was jailed for a total of three years and eight months.
Both had admitted conspiring to supply heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis. Hussain had also admitted threatening behaviour in relation to intimidation of a witness.
Amar Hussain, of Eyton Road, Dawley; Carter, 28, of Bleachfield, Hanwood, Shrewsbury, and Wassiem Hussain, of Crescent Road, Hadley, were all jailed for two years, for their roles in the conspiracy.
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