Luxury LifeStyle – High-level drugs boss who enjoyed an international life of luxury now facing long jail sentence
A high-level drugs boss who revelled in living a life of luxury funded by his crimes faces a long spell in jail.
40-year-old Aram Sheibani was found guilty of being involved in a cocaine conspiracy, as well as a series of other criminal activities, according to Manchester Evening News.
Sheibani, from Manchester, owned a £5 million property empire which included with it a £1.74 million apartment in Kensington, London, where he boasted artwork by Banksy and Andy Warhol.
Police obtained more than £1 million in cash from him, Manchester Crown Court heard.
Sheibani travelled and partied on a global scale, drove a Bentley and a Porsche and invested in a cosmetic makeover for himself and his girlfriend.
He claimed his riches had come from legitimate sources.
But prosecutors were able to prove his lavish lifestyle had been funded by crime.
His property portfolio in Manchester, London and Spain was built up as Sheibani lied about what his income was and where it came from.
He also forged documents, including bank statements and a P60, to support his false declared earnings.
Sheibani evaded tax, failing to declare more than £3 million in income to HMRC.
And police discovered he had also embroiled himself in the high level supply of cocaine since 2010.
They learned he had purchased items which can be used in the production of the class A drug, including two 30 tonne industrial presses, plastic vacuum packing bags and acetone as well as professional banknote counting machines.
When officers raided his luxury apartment in Bowdon, they found he had an Encro phone, a military grade encrypted handset used by high level criminals.
He destroyed the device and rammed it down the toilet as officers executed a warrant.
Police also found a picture of high purity cocaine on a camera.
On a phone seized from the Bowdon apartment, which was said to be his girlfriend’s device, they discovered a video of a similar industrial press being used in a cocaine production lab.
A photo of a drugs debtors list was recovered, with some numbers quoted being six figure sums.
And he made trips to Colombia, a country with a notorious cocaine trade.
Now after an eight week trial at Manchester Crown Court, a jury found Sheibani guilty of five counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception; three offences of possession of criminal property; two offences of failing to comply with a notice; two offences of converting criminal property; two offences of fraud; forgery; using false instruments; conspiracy to supply controlled drugs; possession of a controlled drug of class A and perverting the course of justice.
He denied any wrongdoing, claiming his ‘unexplained wealth’ had come from legitimate sources, including his parents, his property development, selling of watches and trading in currencies.
He accepted taking drugs but denied being a drug dealer.
Sheibani tried to blame his financial advisers for some of his crimes.
But a jury rejected his account.
Prosecutors said the only explanation for his riches was that he had been involved in the production and supply of cocaine at a high level.
Sheibani, of Delamer Road, is due to be sentenced tomorrow.
Addressing the jury, Judge Anthony Cross QC who presided over the trial, said: “I have seen a lot of juries and you have been one of the most conscientious juries I have ever experienced.
“This city, as you are aware, is plagued by death and violence and crime as a result of people like him.
“He faces an extremely long custodial sentence.
“Our society is plagued by cocaine.
“It’s rare that time that goes by that this court won’t deal with cases of cocaine related murder and gang murder, so this is a serious case.”
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Luxury LifeStyle - High-level drugs boss who enjoyed an international life of luxury now facing long jail sentence
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