Bedfordshire's first Serious Crime Prevention Orders

05/11/2013

Three members of a Luton drug dealing gang have been made the subject of Bedfordshire’s first Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs).

Adil Khan, Mohammed Ayub and Rizwan Khushal were three of 12 men sentenced to a total of 82 years in prison in 2011 for their part in a major drug dealing gang.

Now the three, still in prison and serving lengthy sentences for conspiracy to supply class A drugs, have been made subject to the SCPOs designed to prevent re-offending when they are eventually released. The orders will remain in force for five years after their release from prison and any transgression of the orders can lead to up to a further five years in prison.

The orders, approved by a Judge at Luton Crown Court last month, were served under sections 1 and 19 of the Serious Crime Act 2007. They contain stringent restrictions on their lifestyles and include:

  • Prohibition on association with each other and other co-defendants
  • Compulsory notification to the National Crime Agency (NCA) of their employment, any change of address, and vehicles driven for business and personal use
  • Obtaining permission from the NCA to borrow money
  • Owning a maximum of two mobile phones at the same time, and numbers must be notified to the NCA
  • Inspection of their computer history by the NCA when required
  • Restrictions on the use of any other device that could be used to communicate
  • Limit to possession of cash
  • Prohibition on ownership of hydraulic pressing machinery, heat sealing machinery, hydroponic growing equipment or chemicals that could be used in the cutting of illegal drugs.

Khan, 30, of Medina Road, Luton, who pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part at the centre of the drug dealing network. He also rented a luxury flat in London, drove a series of expensive cars, and paid cash for luxury goods such as Gucci shoes.

Khushal, 34, of Shaftesbury Road, Luton, also pleaded guilty and is serving eight years and six months while Ayub, 32, of Bishopscote Road, Luton, was found guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court and is serving 10 years and six months in prison.

Police monitored the conspirators' activities between October 2009 and July 2010, and made a whole series of arrests in Birmingham, Reading, on the M1 and in Luton where heroin totalling more than £500,000 in street value was recovered. The investigation culminated in one final set of arrests in July 2010, after evidence from the other raids pointed incontrovertibly to Khan being at the centre of the drug dealing operation and he was taken into custody from his London flat with the help of the Metropolitan Police.

The resulting court cases ended in 12 people receiving prison sentences totalling 82 years.  Three other defendants were prosecuted by Thames Valley Police and jailed for their part in a 3kg seizure of heroin, which was supplied by Khan and his group.

In addition, Proceeds of Crime Act Confiscation Orders were later made against seven of the gang, with a total of £190,000 having to be paid back to the state by the criminals, most of which was to come from Khan and Khushal.