Date published: April 08, 2022
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A convicted Rochdale drug dealer who was living far beyond what he could have afforded has been convicted following a lengthy money laundering investigation.
The court heard that Mahmood Hussain, 45, from Rochdale, had previously been convicted and sentenced for supplying heroin with a street value of over £6million in 2019.
However, following an investigation by the Anti-Money Laundering Team of the Economic and Cybercrime Section, it was found that Mahmood had very little money in his bank accounts. , had no home and made very little money from the three-car businesses he owned.
An investigation was launched by the team in January 2019 after he was charged with conspiracy to supply A drugs – amounting to 17kg of high purity heroin. He was imprisoned for 13 years later that year.
It was discovered that the 45-year-old had in fact financed deposits, improvements and mortgage payments on two houses which were in the names of family members. Designer clothes, handbags, shoes, jewelery and home modifications costing thousands of pounds were also found by officers.
A Volkswagen and an Audi RS4 used by Hussain have also been registered under other names.
The court heard £336,000 had been laundered – all the money he allegedly earned from his role as a drug dealer.
Hussain was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court yesterday (April 7, 2022) after pleading guilty to three counts of money laundering. He was sentenced to two years which will run concurrently with his current prison term.
Detective Constable Louise Henry, of GMP’s Economic Crime and Cybercrime Section, said: ‘Hussain lived an extremely lavish life and lived in a refurbished property which had clearly been altered thanks to the huge sums of money. money he had during his career as a criminal drug dealer.
“This was a lengthy investigation that took two years to bring to court after months of meticulous analysis by the team who had to identify where the money was coming from and going to, which may be an extremely complicated and time-consuming task.
“We will continue to target those causing the most harm in communities and investigate those leading lavish, criminally funded lifestyles.
“With the current rising cost of living, it is especially important to target those who lead luxurious lives funded by criminal means, as those who do not break the law are simply making a living as best they can.
“A hearing on the Proceeds of Crime Act will take place in due course.”