Published On: Thu, Oct 9th, 2014 on 6:21 pm

Bradford man jailed over £37m heroin smuggling plot

Heroin Smuggling Plot Jaguar

230 kilos of heroin concealed inside the Jaguar. Image courtesy: NCA

Two men have been jailed over a plot to import 230 kilos of heroin in a specially-adapted Jaguar car.

Noman Qureshi, 32, of Bradford, and Israr Khan, 35, of Luton, were sentenced to 21 and 18 years respectively at Luton Crown Court today after being found guilty of conspiracies to import and supply heroin.

National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators found heroin concealed within the imported Jaguar’s bumpers, wheel arches, dashboard, central console, spare wheel compartment, engine and rear seating.

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

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

The men however, were unaware they had been under surveillance by officers from the NCA since November.

Officers watched them unloading the car and Khan and Qureshi fled “spooked,” the jury heard.

They were arrested by Bedfordshire Police on the night.

NCA branch commander, David Norris, said: “These men were part of an international crime group planning to import hundreds of kilos of high-purity heroin to the UK.

“It was a quite remarkable smuggling attempt. The car in which the drugs were hidden had virtually every spare bit of space filled with heroin. Crucial parts of the vehicle, like electrics, had been removed to create more room.

“But NCA investigators were one step ahead and managed to prevent these harmful drugs making it onto the streets.”

There were over 300 packets of drugs found within the car.

Another man from London was found not guilty of the same offences.

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