Gang smuggled drugs worth £10m in children’s clothes destined for Leicestershire

Five men have been found guilty at Leicester Crown Court after Police uncovered a huge drugs plot which could have flooded the streets of Leicestershire with more than £10m worth of class A drugs.

The men involved were part of an organised crime gang, based in Leicester. They imported heroin and cocaine hidden in purpose-built secret compartments of furniture, children’s clothes and industrial bolts.

However, their conspiracy to distribute the drugs nationwide was interrupted by an investigation led by detectives from the UK, working with law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands, Pakistan and in France.

Intelligence officers launched an investigation in September 2016 after the Metropolitan Police uncovered a batch of the bolts. The bolts were examined by forensic teams who found that they had been drilled hollow, so heroin could be concealed inside.

Detectives arrested seven members of the gang last year and their trial was heard at Leicester Crown Court.

Five men were found guilty by a jury at Leicester Crown Court on Friday 16 March, they are:

  • Jagdish Patel, 51, of The Firs, Syston, – found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin
  • Talib Hussain, 59, of Bordesley Green, Birmingham – found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin
  • Ravindra Modha, 55, of Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston – found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine
  • Paulvinder Randhawa, 47, of Marsh Way, Wembley – pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin at the start of the trial.
  • Ayaz Hussain, 28, of Fryant Way, Wembley – pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Detectives said each of the five men played an important role in arranging, managing and overseeing the importation of drugs as well as their distribution on the streets of the UK.

The senior investigating officer on the case said: “This was the biggest haul known in Leicestershire, and one of the biggest drugs supplies ever uncovered by East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).”

“In my 22 years in policing and 14 years being part of serious and organised crime investigations, I haven’t come across anything on this scale.”

The five men will be back in court on Monday 26 March for sentencing.