Drug dealers jailed after hiding heroin in duvets
A gang of drug dealers who tried to import millions of pounds worth of heroin into the UK have been jailed.
The Slough-based criminal network attempted to traffic 16.9kgs of the class A drug in a consignment of duvets and clothing on a flight from Pakistan.
The drugs were found concealed in the lining of quilts in two boxes of a 42 box shipment.
Judge Stephen John, at Reading Crown Court, said: "This was a well-organised conspiracy, a serious and commercial scale drugs operation to a street value of £4m.
"In your different roles you caused misery, degradation, theft and violence to your community."Tariq Gulfishan, of Freemans Close, Stoke Poges, and his criminal enterprise arranged to bring the heroin into the UK in June 2011.
The 37-year-old, who got a thirteen and a half year jail sentence, used trusted lieutenants including Naufees Ahmed, 23, of Spackmans Way, who got eight years, and Haroon Rehman, 25, also of Spackmans Way, who got nine years, to organise the importation.
Zulfikar Khan, who part-owned Slough-based taxi firm Cab Point, was to arrange the transport of the drugs from Heathrow to a stash house they had rented in Two Mile Drive, Slough.
Khan, 29, of Stoke Road, got a 13 year jail sentence.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and UK Border Force identified the consignment, removed the drugs and allowed the rest of the load to continue to the Slough address under SOCA surveillance.
The next day, Zaheer Ali, 33, of Faraday Road, Slough, picked up the shipment in a hired van and took it directly to the stash house.
Ali got nine years and nine months.
Shamrez Khan, 34, of Carisbrooke Road, London, who had also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply 4.5kgs of cannabis, got 19 years, while Asid Hussein, 32, of St Johns Road, Slough, got 10 years.
They were sentenced on Monday.
Gang member Mudassor Asif, 32, of St Pauls Avenue, Slough, is due to be sentenced today on Friday and Mezan Miah, 28, of Azealea Court, Bradford, will be sentenced at a later date.