‘Forgetful’ Sheffield drug smuggler who changed his story about £720,000 Class-A haul jailed
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The National Crime Agency investigated Mohammed Hussain, aged 30, of Uttley Drive, Sheffield, after the class A drugs were found in a British-registered BMW which had arrived on a ferry in Dover on September 29, 2020.
Hussain, who was driving the car, initially told Border Force officers who had stopped the vehicle that he had been on a trip to Frankfurt, staying at a Holiday Inn.
But when questioned further, he couldn’t provide any details and then changed his story to say he had been to Amsterdam during the previous four days.
Now suspicious, officers carried out a search of the vehicle and uncovered a haul of class A drugs weighing in at 16kg.
They found heroin and cocaine bundled in taped packages hidden in all four door panels of the car.
NCA experts estimate the cocaine and heroin would have been worth around £720,000 if cut and sold on the streets of the UK.
Hussain was subsequently charged with attempting to import class A drugs and convicted in June last year, following a four-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court.
A second defendant, Mustafa Yusaf, 28, from Feltham, who was a passenger in the car with Hussain, was cleared of importing drugs following a retrial last month. Small amounts of cannabis were found in his underpants after the car was stopped, for which he was given a six-month conditional discharge at the time of Hussain’s conviction.
Hussain was sentenced at the same court yesterday (August 10).
NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said: “Hussain’s account of his stay immediately roused suspicion, and his inability to recall where he’d spent the days before his arrest simply wasn’t credible.
“His car was carrying a dangerous cargo of class A drugs, the type county lines gangs and other exploitative criminal networks distribute across the UK.
“Working with our partners like Border Force, we will continue to bring drugs smugglers before the courts and disrupt the organised criminals operating behind them.”