THREE siblings, who were convicted of supplying heroin in Burnley, have been ordered to pay back more than £258,000.
Mohammed Haider Rasool (23), of Claughton Street, Burnley, was jailed for five years one month and Mohammed Omar Rasul (27), also of Claughton Street, was sentenced to five years four months imprisonment. Both men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin.
Their sister, Amna Rasul ( 29), of Cleaver Street, Burnley, was given a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to allowing her three houses to be used for the supply of the drug. A hearing at Burnley Crown Court ordered they had benefited from their crimes by £258,0000.
Their current assets were set at £13,228.11 which they must pay within six months or the two brothers will face between two and six months in prison. Further assets can also be confiscated if they are identified in the future.
All three were arrested after a lengthy police investigation into the supply of heroin between December 2010 and February 2011. During the investigation officers discovered around 570g of heroin with an estimated street value of £33,000 hidden under the bedroom floorboards at a house in Colbran Street. Officers also seized £7000 cash from an address in Claughton Street.
Det. Sgt Martin Kennedy, from Pennine Division’s Targeted Crime Unit, said: “All three operated a significant and lucrative drug dealing network and I hope this sends a clear message to those people who are involved in dealing drugs. If a criminal has financially benefited from crime we will seek to strip them of their assets through the courts.
“This can be in the form of taking money, cars, even their homes, and if we become aware that they have other assets in the future we will continue to confiscate them until the full total of their benefit has been met.”