‘Greedy’ Oldham drug lord jailed for almost 20 years
following ‘lavish’ lifestyle
The head of an Oldham drugs gang was sentenced yesterday to almost 20 years in prison after funding his lavish lifestyle with criminal gains.
Mohammed Farid of Wellington Road is to serve 14 years and five months in prison after admitting drug offences.
Other offences have resulted in three and a half year sentences, which are to be run consecutively.
Farid made himself appear as a legitimate businessman by recruiting a criminal gang, including family members, to help him launder the gains from the sale and supply of class A drugs, which were spent on properties and cars.
Senior Financial Investigator Adrian Ladkin described Farid’s lifestyle of driving around in cars worth tens of thousands of pounds as ‘lavish’.
He said: “His greed meant he was prepared to flood the streets with more than £2.5m worth of drugs and thanks to the efforts of Greater Manchester Police were able to smash this supply chain and bring the offenders to justice.”
Farid had a café, care hire business and kitchen company to his name. He also had a large executive property on Wellington Road and other houses around Oldham.
Mr Ladkin added: “Now, he is restricted to a small prison cell for many, many years and we will do all we can to recover cash and other assets he has amassed.
“This once again goes to show that, quite simply, crime does not pay.”
The GMP’s Drugs Unit launched an investigation in 2008 after a Chamber Road landlord discovered drugs in a house rented by Farid.
During ‘Operation Walrus’, officers recovered 27 kilos of heroin, a quarter of a kilo of cocaine and three commercial cannabis farms.
The drugs had an estimated street value of £2.5m and £39,000 in cash was also seized.
Eight members of Farid’s crime gang have already been sentenced to a total of more than 46 years.