Door­man jailed over heroin smug­gling

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Laura Hatcher ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

A NIGHT­CLUB door­man has been jailed for eight years for drug smug­gling.

So­hail Kur­sheed, 35, was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber 2012 for im­port­ing 1.8ki­los of high pu­rity heroin in con­cealed con­sign­ments through Heathrow Ai­port, with one of the ship­ments to be sent to his home in Pinkwell Av­enue, Hayes.

The drugs were hid­den in items such as hand­bags, sheets, rugs and cush­ions on a flight from Pak­istan. Foren­sic tests gave an es­ti­mated street value of around £130,000.

Kur­sheed was bailed pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries, but he later failed to at­tend the po­lice sta­tion where he would have been charged.

After a six month in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) with as­sis­tance from Po­lice Scot­land and HMRC of­fi­cers, Kur­sheed was tracked down to an ad­dress in East Kil­bride.

He was ar­rested and taken back to London to face charges of at­tempt­ing to im­port class A drugs.

He ap­peared at Isle­worth Crown Court on Tues­day, Novem­ber 4, where he ad­mit­ted the charges and was sentenced to eight years in jail.

Se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer for the NCA’s Bor­der Polic­ing Com­mand, Paul Bolton said: “Kur­sheed played a lead role in th­ese im­por­ta­tions and con­se­quently he would have ex­pected to make a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money from them.

“After his ar­rest he knew he was in trou­ble and fled to Scot­land, think­ing that we wouldn’t be able to find him.

“But work­ing closely with our law en­force­ment col­leagues in Po­lice Scot­land and HMRC we tracked him down and he was forced to face jus­tice.”

n JAILED: So­hail Kur­sheed has been im­pris­oned for eight years

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