Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drugs Gang's Huge Profits

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drugs Gang's Huge Profits

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RUKHSAR BASHIER was the paymaster, a businessman with a thirst for success who saw the drugs conspiracy as an extension of his property business, said Judge Michael Taylor, sentencing last July. His empire also included a letting agency and a company transporting children to school.

CRIMINAL BENEFIT: pounds 2,799,525.76 AVAILABLE AMOUNT: pounds 300,000, to be paid in a year or go to prison for four years. This will come from equity in 21 properties, many buy-to-let, in the UK and Pakistan. Former heroin addict TANWEER RAZAK set up the organisation, ran the enterprise day-to-day and recruited others into it. He had a previous conviction for dealing heroin.

CRIMINAL BENEFIT: pounds 1,491,372.76 AVAILABLE AMOUNT: pounds 21,604.61, to be paid in six months or be jailed for 18 months. The money will come from a bank account, which was under another person's name but the courts were satisfied contained Razak's criminal profits. Builder PIOTR IZBICKI was the "man on the ground", the caretaker who oversaw the cannabis farms' set-up and co-ordinated Vietnamese illegal immigrant gardeners, described as "slave labour", in the houses and was entrusted with cash and the organisation. …

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