County lines drug dealer caught with £3m worth of heroin

A county lines drug dealer caught with around £3million worth of heroin at his house has been ordered to hand over almost £137,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Yusuf Kara, 30, is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence after admitting conspiracy to supply class A drugs and money laundering in December last year.

He has now been slapped with a confiscation order totalling £136,907.81 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

And he was warned he would serve up to a further 16 months in prison if he failed to pay the full sum within three months – and would still be liable for the money.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested Kara arrested in his hometown of Bradford, West Yorks., in October 2019.

When officers searched his house they found 56 packages, each containing a kilo of heroin, with a street value of around £3m, hidden in bags and a suitcase.

The court found that Kara had benefited from his criminal conduct in the amount of £1,091,007.74 over the full course of his criminal activities.

His recoverable assets, including cash, cars and designer clothing, totalled £136,907.81.



Kara has also been forced to forfeit a Ford Focus and a Peugeot 207 which he had used to transport drugs.

Kara’s Encrochat phone, which was found in his car and had been used to coordinate his drug trafficking, was also ordered to be destroyed.

As part of the same investigation, Imran Khan Ashraf, 31, also of Bradford, admitted money laundering and was sentenced to 28 months.

The court also found that Ashraf had benefited from his criminal conduct in the amount of £249,550.15 and that he owned assets totalling £2,669.69.

Ashraf was made subject of a confiscation order in the sum of £2,669.69 and a number of phones found in his possession have been destroyed.

National Crime Agency branch commander Mark Spoors said: “The class A drug trade fuels violence and intimidation in our communities, and Kara was living a lavish lifestyle profiting from this criminality.

“Today’s result shows the full extent of the NCA’s impact; an already imprisoned Class A drug trafficker and money launderer being stripped of his illicit cash and assets.

“We continue to use all of the tools at our disposal to pursue serious and organised criminals and deny them their proceeds of crime.”

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