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Trafficker planned to import drugs asked to pay £50K 


Last year, Modha of Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.
He and his other gang members were found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine in children’s clothing, industrial bolts and furniture (Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images).
Last year, Modha of Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment. He and his other gang members were found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine in children’s clothing, industrial bolts and furniture (Photo: THOMAS SAMSON/AFP via Getty Images).

THE Leicester Crown Court has asked an Asian-origin drug trafficker to pay up £50,000.

The court ruling came after proceeds of crime hearing at the court last Friday (13).

Ravindra Modha, 57, was part of a gang that planned to import heroin and cocaine worth £10m.

Last year, Modha of Sandiacre Drive, Thurmaston, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.

He and his other gang members were found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine in children’s clothing, industrial bolts and furniture.

Four other men, including another man of Asian origin Jagdish Patel, 51, of The Firs, Syston, who were involved in the plot, were also sentenced for their crimes.

The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) was responsible for the investigation in the case.

Patel was jailed for 25 years after he was found guilty of conspiracy to import and supply of drugs.

A confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act was granted by the court last week.

Paul Wenlock, Leicestershire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Modha was involved in a plot to import drugs on a very large scale – including cocaine with a street value of £9.6m and a kilogram of heroin with a street value of £316,000.

“He was able to make a vast sum of money from his crimes – and this is something we will always look to rectify following the conviction of offenders.

“We rely on public help to gather information. Anyone living a lavish lifestyle, not going to work but buying things they seemingly can’t afford, are always likely to arouse suspicion.

“If you believe someone you know is profiting from crime, contact either police or Crimestoppers.”

Any valuables, assets owned by Modha will also be sold to recover the money.