Jul 20 2012

Northolt man jailed after Drugs and Cash find

A man from Northolt has been jailed after pleading guilty to money laundering, concealing criminal property and possession with intent to supply heroin and amphetamine.

Lodvik Guraj, 27 (18.04.85) of Sandringham Road, Northolt was sentenced to five years and four months at Southwark Crown Court.

Intelligence gained by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Pro-active Money Laundering Taskforce suggested that Guraj was involved in laundering the proceeds of crime.

On 13 December 2011, officers executed a search and seizure warrant at Guraj’s address. Inside they discovered £27,750 hidden in a wall cavity in the downstairs toilet. Officers also found £2,025 and €2,400 in a bedroom, as well as a CO2-powered air pistol.

A subsequent search of the kitchen led to the discovery of 1.56kgs of heroin and containers of cutting agents hidden in the dishwasher.

Officers also uncovered a false wall in a garage that concealed a 50 ton drug press that could be used to compact and crush drugs into kilogram quantities, ready for diluting and packaging.

A quantity of drug preparation equipment was recovered along with a small bag of cocaine and amphetamine. There were also quantities of cling film, self seal polythene bags, rubber gloves and sets of scales. Guraj’s fingerprints were present on the press.

A Ford Ka which was in the garage was searched and 705 grams of amphetamine was discovered.

Detective Constable George Xinaris, said: “This is another good example of the work we are engaged in at the Pro-Active Money Laundering Task Force. Anyone intent on making money through criminal means can rest assured that we will do everything possible to bring them to justice and seize the proceeds of their illegal activity.”

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