Weighty sentences for drug brothers who duped an elderly woman
Two Birmingham brothers who tricked an elderly woman into receiving heroin concealed within packages of weightlifting belts have been jailed.
Mohammed Javaid, aged 44, and Mohammed Nadeem, aged 29, from the Cape Hill area, were targeted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency after a package containing three kilos of heroin was intercepted at Heathrow Airport in June 2011.
Javaid, who was found guilty of conspiracy to import and supply heroin, was sentenced to 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court today (Thursday), and Nadeem, who pleaded guilty to the same offence and an additional one of cannabis cultivation, was jailed for nine years four months.
The investigation revealed the duo went to considerable lengths to obscure their activity by arranging for the packages to be delivered to the 60-year-old woman at her home in West Bromwich.
Javaid, who was the former partner of the woman’s daughter, persuaded her to take delivery of the package intercepted at the airport, plus an additional one a few months earlier which contained a similar amount of heroin.
The brothers, who made arrangements for the packages to be sent from Pakistan to fictitious people in the UK, made all the arrangements using unregistered prepay mobile phones to further distance themselves from the heroin.
Sarah Goodall, Regional Head of Investigations for SOCA, said: “The behaviour of these two men was despicable. They preyed on a vulnerable elderly woman and duped her into receiving packages of heroin.
“They probably believed that using unregistered phones would protect them, but they were wrong. Expert analysis of the telephone data enabled us to link the mobiles to the brothers. This, coupled with the bravery of the woman and her family members who gave evidence, ultimately led to their downfall.
“We are determined to protect our communities by using our expertise to stamp down hard on organised criminals. These two are now in jail where they belong and have been denied substantial profits.”