9:00am Saturday 21st April 2012
By Steve Wright
A man who was jailed for six years for his role in a major drugs conspiracy, has been given a further 32 months behind bars for money laundering.
Faisal Amin, 25, of Salt Street, Manningham, Bradford, was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to four charges of money laundering.
His sisters, Soumia and Saima Amin were both jailed for 16 months by Judge James Spencer QC, at Leeds Crown Court, after they admitted fraud and money laundering.
Amin was given his original six-year sentence last year after a court heard he was the link between drugs baron Mohammed Hassan and his supplier.
A nine-man Bradford-based drugs gang was jailed for a total of 50 years after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to supply heroin, which flooded the UK’s streets with drugs with a street value of more than £6 million.
After yesterday’s hearing, police investigators welcomed the sentences.
Detective Constable Mark Keasey, of the Bradford South Proceeds of Crime Team, said Faisal Amin had admitted hiding £135,000 cash at two addresses in Bradford, and using “dirty” money from his drug dealing to pay cash deposits for houses and mortgage repayments.
His sisters admitted giving false applications for mortgages and allowing their brother to use their bank accounts to deposit money.
Det Con Keasey said: “Criminals may try to hide their ill-gotten gains behind their family or friends. This case simply underlines that there is no hiding place and we will pursue all avenues to bring such offenders to justice.
“Faisal Amin generated money through the supply of drugs to support a lifestyle for both him and his family.
“His sisters, Soumia and Saima, knowingly supported him in this illegal venture, which saw large amounts of cash and houses acquired along the way.
“The Proceeds of Crime team undertook a professional and thorough investigation from the raids in May 2010 right through to their court appearances in 2012.
“The sheer weight of evidence resulted in each entering a guilty plea and consequently a significant extension to Amin’s time behind bars.
“We will now initiate confiscation proceedings to an estimated value of £350,000.”
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