Drug-smuggling doorman jailed after going on the run

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(The London Post – NCA) : – A drug-smuggling nightclub doorman who was captured by the NCA after going on the run to Scotland has been jailed for eight years. Sohail Kursheed, 35, was initially arrested in October 2012 after Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport found 1.8 kilos of high purity heroin concealed in consignments of handbags, sheets, rugs, cushions and purses from Pakistan.

One of the consignments was due to be shipped to his home address in Pinkwell Avenue, Hayes.

Forensic tests carried out on the drugs revealed that they would have had a UK street value of around £130,000.

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

Following a six month investigation by the National Crime Agency, assisted by Police Scotland and HMRC officers at Scotland’s Crime Campus in Gartcosh, he was tracked down to an address in East Kilbride near Glasgow, where he had been living with a girlfriend.

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

At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday 4 November Kursheed was sentenced to eight years in prison, after entering a guilty plea.

Paul Bolton, senior investigating officer for the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, 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.”

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