Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014 on 3:37 pm

Bradford man in court over £37m heroin smuggling plot

Heroin Smuggling Plot Jaguar
Heroin Smuggling Plot Jaguar
Heroin Smuggling Plot JaguarHeroin Smuggling Plot Jaguar

Heroin with a street value of over £37 million pounds was smuggled into the UK in the bumpers, dashboard and engine of a battered Jaguar, a court has heard.

Luton Crown Court was told the Jaguar was found to have no ignition, no electrics and could not be driven, but was “rammed” with 316 packets of heroin hidden inside the bumpers, wheel arches, the dashboard, the spare wheel compartment, the engine and seating.

Noman Qureshi, 32, of Bracken Hill Mews in Bradford and Israr Khan, 35, of St Ethelbert Avenue in Luton deny conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Mohammed Safder, 43, of Sidney Elson Way in East Ham, denies the same charge.

The court was told documents were prepared in Karachi, Pakistan, which claimed the car was being imported to be repaired.

It arrived at Felixstowe port in a container ship on 1 December and before work could commence, the car was delivered to a garage in Ley Street, Ilford.

But prosecutor Gordon Aspden said the three men were unaware they had been under surveillance by officers from the National Crime Agency since November.

The jury was told National Crime Agency officers watched the car being unloaded at around midnight on 6 December, but Mr Khan and Mr Qureshi were “spooked” and drove off, deserting the Jaguar packed with heroin.

Bedfordshire Police arrested the two men that night, and Mr Safder was arrested in February.

The Jaguar was taken by the police to Harwich, where it was scanned with X-ray equipment and examined.

Prosecuting, Mr Aspden, said: “The Jaguar was rammed with drugs. There were 316 packets of drugs… the strength was extraordinarily high at 79%. It had a potential street value of over £37m.”

The case continues.

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