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BEHIND BARS: Drug gang run by Hemel Hempstead brothers jailed for more than 129 years

 Published on: 22nd January 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

The final three members of a nationwide drug gang, led by two brothers from Hemel Hempstead, were jailed this month.

Ansar and Ajmal Akram ran a national drug gang using encrypted phones to organise exchanges of multiple kilogrammes of cocaine at a time, selling the drugs to other gangs and wholesale drug dealers for onward distribution.

After a lengthy investigation, 13 members of the group have been jailed for 129 years.

The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), an organisation that tackles serious organised crime and terrorism, achieved its biggest ever jail sentence of 129 years after the final three members of a nationwide drugs gang were sentenced on Wednesday, January 5.

Hannah Wilkinson, Head of ERSOU ROCU (Regional Organised Crime Unit), said: “Our unit uses a range of specialist tactics to tackle those at the top end of the drugs supply network and I’m really pleased that, thanks to the tenacity of our officers, we’ve secured our biggest ever combined jail sentence.

“Although criminals at the very top of the chain can seem removed from the devastating impact of drug dealing, the actions of people involved in such groups can still have terrible consequences for those living within our communities; from the vulnerable users who are exploited by the ruthless criminals out to make as much as they can, to those affected by the wide-ranging criminality that comes about as a result of drugs supply.”

Ansar Akram 34, of Thumpers was jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

Ajmal Akram, 31, also of Thumpers, was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.

The other senior member of the group was Rahoof Khan, 27, also of Thumpers, who orchestrated and acted as a courier. He was sentenced to 11-and-a-half years in jail in December after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The group had three regular couriers who were responsible for ferrying the class A drugs up and down the country, returning to Hemel Hempstead with bags containing thousands of pounds at a time. They were: Wasim Afzal, 44, from St Margaret’s Avenue, Luton, jailed for 11 years and nine months. Sarfraz Asif, 40, of Dordans Road, Luton, was jailed for four and a half years. Jameel Khan, 27, of Winchester Street, Nottingham, jailed for 10 years.

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1 Comment

  1. Brian Miller January 23rd, 2022, 1:40 pm

    Considering they will only serve half. What a pittance of a sentence. The top thugs will be out in around 7 years and
    start up again.

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