A cocaine dealer from Luton who videoed himself pouring champagne over his Rolex at a London nightclub has been ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>jailed. You can see the footage below:
Mansoor Kiani, 28, of Carlton Crescent was put away on Friday (3 Dec) after he attempted to hide his drug dealing activities with an encrypted communication system, say Bedfordshire Police.
The system was eventually cracked by police and during his trial in court this week a video of him being driven in Ferrari was an example how his drug activity funded his lavish lifestyle.
It was concluded that Kiani was to be jailed for 15 years and six months after a three-day-trial at Luton Crown Court.
He was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
Using this data, detectives in Bedfordshire were subsequently able to establish that Kiani was behind one of the handles on the system, uncovering conversations between him and various other users relating to the distribution of cocaine and heroin.
Messages showed Kiani arranging meetings with drugs and cash couriers, coordinating payments to those supplying him with the drugs, and arranging codewords for use during exchanges.
Investigators were able to link Kiani to the handle and corroborate this by showing the location of the encrypted device as it connected to mobile phone masts as it moved, perfectly matching the location of his other, non-encrypted phone.
In one exchange of messages, he discussed renewing his subscription to the Encrochat system, as he arranged to meet a criminal associate in an orange buggy in central Luton for it to be extended.
Detective Inspector Tom Stean is dedicated to tackling the major players involved in the importation and distribution of drugs locally.
He said: “There is no doubt that Kiani was behind the distribution of multiple kilograms of cocaine and heroin, something which will have no doubt had a significant and harmful impact across our communities.
“We know that drugs fuel widespread criminality, from gang violence and exploitation by those involved in importing and selling, to users driven to robbery and burglary crime to raise money to feed their addictions.
Op Costello is not looking at street dealers; we are going after the big players involved in fuelling local drugs markets.
“These individuals are funding lavish lifestyles off the back of violence, exploitation and the misery of others.
“Kiani’s money was made entirely from illegal activity.
“I am sure many others will feel sick watching him parade his wealth in this video, and share my satisfaction that he is now facing a lengthy prison sentence.
“Unexplained wealth and expensive items bought via cash are key indicators that someone may be involved in organised crime.
“You can help us catch these people by speaking up and reporting any concerns.”