A father and son drug dealing team sold and estimated 30 deals a day, netting them £3,000 every 24 hours. Tareem Shakil and Mohammed Shakil operated their illegal business from three addresses in Swadlincote. The son Tareem Shakil has been ordered to pay back just £1 from his ill-gotten gains.
Their sentencing hearing was told that would have earned them around £3,000 every 24 hours. Yet, despite this Tareem from Burton declared he had no assets. At a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Derby Crown Court, a judge ordered him to pay the nominal £1 or face a day in jail.
His father, 48, of Shobnall Road, Burton, is estimated to have made more than £2,000 from his part on the conspiracy and has been ordered to pay all that back.
And as he was led from the dock Mohammed Shakil, who is currently serving a three-and-a-half year sentence, cheekily asked for a receipt.
Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “Tareem Shakil’s benefit figure is £50,000 and his available assets are none so I will order he pay back a nominal £1.
“Mohammed Shakil’s benefit figure is £2,320 and he has is excess of that in his bank so I will order he pays that back within three months or face another seven days in jail.”
At that point Mohammed Shakil said: “Can I have a receipt for that?”
Laughing, Judge Smith replied: “Funny to the end Mr Shakil.”
At their original sentencing hearing, in December last year, the court heard how the two Shakils were involved in a “county lines” supply of drugs from big cities into smaller towns.
It also saw the defendants take over the homes of vulnerable people to sell drugs, a practice known as “cuckooing”.
They operated from three properties in Swadlincote and were supplied from gangs in Birmingham.
Tareem Shakil, who had 77 previous offences to his name, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was jailed for three years and nine months.
His father, who had 25 previous convictions, was found guilty of the same crime following a trial and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.
A third man – Jacques Ntabagara, then 44 and of Daley Road, Birmingham, also pleaded guilty to the same charge and received a two-year community order, a six-month drugs rehabilitation requirement order and was ordered to take part in unpaid work.