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1 July 2011



Operation Langwood – Drug Gang Sentenced to 66 Years 


Six men were sentenced today (Thursday 30 June) to a total of 66 years in the final part of court proceedings against an organised crime group supplying controlling drugs in the home counties. 

It marks the end of a major police operation, resulting in the conviction of a total of 13 people in separate court proceedings in London, Reading, Birmingham, St Albans and Luton.

Adil Khan, of Regents Drive, Woodford Green, Essex was at the centre of the conspiracy web; commonly known as the Boss by his associates and driving a series of expensive cars - despite having no obvious means of income and no traceable bank accounts or credit cards. He was living a lavish lifestyle in an exclusive flat, paying cash for luxury goods like Gucci shoes. 

Khan, 28, pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine at an earlier hearing at Luton Crown Court. He was today sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison. 

The other sentences given for conspiracy to supply class A drugs were:

• Mohammed Tribak, 24, of Abbots Road, Poplar, London, 13 years (pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing)
• Mohammed Ayub, 21, of Bishopscote Road, Luton, 10 years, six months (found guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court)
• Kamran Bashir, 29, of Claremont Road, Luton, eight years, six months (found guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court)
• Mohammed Sohil, 21, of Durbar Road, Luton, seven years (pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing) 
• Rizwan Khushal, 31, of Shaftesbury Road, Luton, eight years and six months (pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing)

Police had been monitoring the conspirators’ activities between October 2009 and July 2010.

The first set of arrests were made in January 2010, when a man and three women were arrested in Reading in possession of about 3kg heroin, with a street value of around £150,000. They all later pleaded guilty to being involved in a conspiracy to supply heroin at Reading Crown Court.

Later arrests were made in March 2010 in Birmingham, where two men were arrested in possession of heroin worth about £400,000; followed by a seizure of heroin of £50,000 in transit on the M1 – which is known to have come from a flat in Luton. Again, those arrested have pleaded guilty to being involved in conspiracy to supply drugs.

At the end of March 2010 police raided that flat at Farley Hill in Luton and found what amounted to a drug-pressing factory; with 2kg of heroin , a mechanical press, various white powders used to dilute purity of heroin ready for sale on the street, packaging materials and scales. A man was arrested nearby with half a kilo of heroin and a small amount of cocaine.

In May, Mohammed Hoque was arrested in a taxi with £17,000 in cash – apparently the result of a drug deal in Cambridgeshire which he had just done on behalf of Adil Khan. (Hoque, 21, of Blount Street, London E14, will be sentenced at Luton Crown Court for his part in this incident in the next few weeks. He was found guilty of money laundering earlier this month.)  

Finally, after the evidence and intelligence had pointed incontrovertibly to Khan being involved in all of the above incidents, Bedfordshire Police mounted a series of simultaneous raids in July 2010 to arrest Khan at his luxury apartment in London and other his Luton associates who had not already been brought into custody.

Det Insp Jon Gilbert of Bedfordshire Police, led the operation to monitor and arrest the gang.

“Khan and Tribak were getting the benefit of the huge amounts of cash generated by dealing the drugs. Khan in particular thought he had taken adequate precautions to evade detection by getting everyone else to do his dirty work for him,” said Det Insp Gilbert.  

“We never saw him handle drugs, and he seems to have directed all his transactions – even for paying rent on his smart flat – either in cash or via other people’s bank accounts.

“A detailed and thorough investigation proved that he was the principle responsible for the large scale supply of drugs into our communities,” said Det Insp Gilbert. 

“This investigation is one of a number designed to make Bedfordshire a hostile environment for people involved in organised crime which impacts on our local communities through violence and associated criminality,” he said.

 

Pictured to left to right; Kamran Bashir, Mohammed Tribak, Mohammed Sohil, Rizwan Khushal, Mohammed Ayub, Adil Khan.