Pay back more than £1 million in 90 days or face longer jail terms! That was the threat from court for three crooked brothers who channelled drugs cash into family bank accounts, reports Birmingham Live.
The Birmingham trio used their ill-gotten gains from the sale of heroin to buy luxury cars and build an overseas villa.
But now they have been told to pay back £1.3million or face more time behind bars.
Sakander Riaz, formerly of Belchers Lane in Bordesley Green, was jailed for 13-and-a-half years in 2016 for his part in a £4 milllion heroin smuggling plot which saw the drug smuggled from Pakistan in children’s clothes .
His brothers – Asif and Saqib – were jailed for five and four years respectively in March 2018 for money laundering, after detectives found they had passed crime profits through their bank accounts.
Some of the drugs money was used to pay off the mortgage and upgrade the family home and to buy luxury cars fitted with personalised number plates.
Investigators from the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) also found images on Saqib’s phone showing an overseas villa under construction, while £80,000 in cash was uncovered during a search of the family home.
Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, February 25, a judge ordered the brothers to repay £1.3million or face more time behind bars.
They must repay £400,000 in the next three months or Sakander, Asif and Saqib will spend an extra 36, 18 and four months behind bars.
The rest of the debt will hang over them for life and police can seize any cash or assets they accrue in the future.