Money launder gang member must pay back £300

A man who was part of a drugs gang that tried to flood Lancashire with 1kg of heroin and 1kg of cocaine has been ordered to pay back £300 of his profit.

Nadeem Hussain
Nadeem Hussain

Nadeem Hussain, 28, was part of a drugs ring spanning Preston, Bolton, Leicester and Rochdale, exposed in an undercover probe by Lancashire Police between August 2014 and July 2015.

Operation Hombre saw drugs worth £180,000 kept off the county’s streets, and nearly £50,000 of ill gotten gains seized by officers.

It resulted in 11 men - including seven from Preston - sentenced before Preston Crown Court.

Hussain, of Falkland Avenue, Rochdale, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.

During a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing he was found to have benefitted by £300 from his crimes.

Judge Robert Altham said he must pay the amount back within a week or face further time in prison.

Hussain’s co defedant Wajid Hussain, 30, of Symonds Road, Preston was previously found guilty of conspiracy to launder money and jailed for two years.

Father-of-three Zahid Khan, 40, of Albert Terrace, Preston, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to launder money and was jailed for 13 years.

Mohammed Wasim Akhtar, 44, of Ashleigh Street, Preston admitted the same offences and was jailed for six years and four months.

Aroon Younus, 30, of St Georges Road, Preston admitted conspiracy to launder money and was sentenced to 68 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, and Shakeel Sawar, 26, of Cottam Avenue, Preston admitted the same and had his 42 weeks term suspended for two years.