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Money laundering gang sentenced over £5 million cash-seizure which is Met’s biggest ever


A gang of males has been sentenced to just about ten years in jail after £5 million in prison money was seized from an house in Fulham.

The three males had been sentenced at Harrow Crown Court on Friday, May 28, after pleading responsible final yr to conspiracy to hide/disguise/convert/switch/take away prison property.

The Metropolitan Police ‘s long-running operation to deal with organised crime within the capital is concentrating on gun crime and huge scale Class A drug provide.

This bust has put a big scale cash launderer behind bars, which the Met says can have a “main influence” on organised crime.

Last yr, prolific cash launderer Sergejs Auzins, 46, of Windward Road in Rochester was recognized throughout the operation, and officers established that he was taking giant portions of money to an deal with in Fulham.

The three males jailed: Ruslan Shamsutdinov, Sergejs Auzins and Serwan Ahmadi

On Friday June 5, 2020, 36-year-old Ruslan Shamsutdinov of Selcroft House, Glenister Road, Hackney was seen leaving the house in Porteus Apartments, Fulham, noticeably struggling to hold heavy baggage.

He put them into a close-by parked automotive, however officers stopped him and located the luggage contained a “appreciable quantity” of money.

A search of the West London house uncovered additional money and a well-organised cash laundering system.

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In complete, £5,082,026.17 in money was seized on the deal with, and an additional 39,000 Euros and £8,038.81 was discovered at Shamsutdinov’s house.

A month afterward Sunday, July 14 2020, the third man – 35-year-old Serwan Ahmadi – was seen handing a bag to a different man, who was arrested on the scene.

The case towards the opposite man was later dropped, however later that very same day Ahmadi was seen leaving his house in Pycroft Way, Edmonton with one other bag, which was discovered to comprise £59,980.

Some of the cash seized in the operation

Some of the money seized within the operation

He was stopped and arrested by police in Victoria Road, Edmonton, and a search of his deal with recovered an additional £198,665.

The subsequent day, Monday, July 15, Sergejs Auzins was arrested at his house in Rochester and one other £14,435.63 was recovered.

In complete, £5,363,145.61 and 39,000 Euros was seized from the three males.

Criminal cash next to a bed

Criminal money subsequent to a mattress

At Harrow Crown Court on Friday, May 28, the gang was sentenced.

Sergejs Auzins was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months’ imprisonment; Ruslan Shamsutdinov was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months’ imprisonment; and Serwan Ahmadi was sentenced to 1 yr and eight months’ imprisonment, suspended for 2 years.

Ahmadi was additionally ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work.

Detective Superintendent Jason Prins, from the Specialist Crime Command, mentioned: “As a part of an extended operating operation towards gun crime and huge scale Class A medicine provide throughout London, over 5 million kilos in prison money was seized from an deal with in Fulham.

“This is the most important ever single money seizure by the Met and I imagine one of many largest ever nationally.

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“Organised crime is motivated by cash and is one of many biggest causes of violence on our streets. Tackling this violence is our foremost precedence.

“This seizure, and the conviction of those males for laundering that cash, can have a significant influence on the flexibility of quite a lot of crime teams to hold on with their actions.”

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