Kat Shields acted for the prosecution in the three-week trial of Hoosain Faweez Mungur. The Defendant was extradited to the UK to face trial after a decade on the run overseas. He was convicted by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court of three counts relating to importing Class A drugs, and a count of conspiring to launder the proceeds of drug trafficking.

The Defendant was first arrested in the UK in 2013 at Harwich International Port, after he was found driving off a ferry from Holland with four kilograms of cocaine hidden inside the spare tyre of his car. He was granted bail pending further inquiries. He disappeared in 2014, and police were told that he was in France for medical treatment.

In November 2016, a UK-bound lorry was stopped at the UK Border Control Zone near Calais. 45 kilograms of cocaine and 25 kilograms of heroin were discovered inside the lorry, hidden within a pallet containing boxes of hair extensions. The Defendant had been the organiser of that shipment, as well as several others in previous months.

During the period in which Class A drugs were being delivered to contacts in the UK, substantial cash deposits were made into bank accounts belonging to and linked to the Defendant. In total over £1.5 million in cash was deposited into accounts linked to him.

The Defendant was found in Spain last year. He was extradited to the UK to be tried.

Following the trial the Defendant was sentenced to 19 years’ imprisonment.

This was a complex case, with a significant amount of evidence being provided from overseas via mutual legal assistance. Kat was instructed by Russell Tyner, CPS Serious Economic Organised Crime and International Directorate.

Read more about the case here: https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/drug-trafficker-who-went-on-the-run-for-10-years-jailed-following-nca-investigation

7BR’s Gareth Weetman successfully prosecuted two of Mr Mungur’s accomplices in 2019.


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