Border cops seized drugs worth £786,000 and raided flats in South Shields and Washington

A drugs trafficker has admitted posting dozens of packages of Class A drugs around the world – with border officials intercepting drugs with a street value of £786,000.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 1:18 pm
Updated Friday, 16th October 2020, 1:18 pm

Mubinar Rahman, 25, is believed to have posted 104 packages with MDMA in to global destinations.

National Crime Agency investigators searched his home in Henry Nelson Street, South Shields, and found receipts for the parcels being sent with a combined weight of 157kg.

Between June 29 and July 27 this year the NCA and Border Force intercepted 39 packages from Rahman - recovering 83kg of MDMA with a street value of £786,000.

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Mubinar Rahman, 25, is believed to have posted 104 packages with MDMA in to global destinations.

The recovered packages were destined for addresses in the UK, America, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

Today, Rahman – who has previous convictions for dealing drugs – appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and admitted trafficking drugs and possession of Class A with intent to supply.

He will return to court for sentencing on December 23 with the judge warning him he faces a “lengthy” jail term.

On July 28, NCA officers watched Rahman park his 2010 BMW outside a flat in Marlborough Court, Washington.

Mubinar Rahman

He entered the flat and was arrested when he came out.

Inside the car were 10 parcels addressed to international recipients.

Officers searched the flat and recovered 25kg of MDMA, 100kg of pre-cursor cutting agents, drug packaging equipment, heat-sealing and vacuum packing equipment and a label printer and laptop.

Rahman declined to answer questions in his custody interview.

Items found in the raids.

NCA operations manager Julie Booker said: “Organised criminal networks often exploit infrastructure like the post and fast parcel system to move their illicit commodities around.

“Working with our partners at the Border Force, a significant amount of Class A has been removed and along with that, we’ve stopped those profits from going back into the crime group.

“We are determined to do all we can to disrupt all drugs supply routes in and out of the UK.”

Minister for Immigration Compliance and Courts Chris Philp said: “These seizures show that Border Force is on constant alert to stop the supply of damaging Class A drugs, not just in the UK but across the world.

What cops found in the flats

“Anyone involved in this despicable trade can expect to be caught and brought to justice.”

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What cops found in one of the flats