Convicted Bradford c-store owner told to hand over £81,000 or face extra year

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A Bradford businessman who has been accused of using his convenience store premises as a cover for a drugs supply operation must now hand over almost £81,000 or face an extra year behind bars.

According to local reports, Rafiq Khan was jailed for more than eight years in December after the prosecution described him as a principal member of an organised crime group with responsibility for acquiring Class A and B drugs in bulk and disseminating them to others further down the chain.

Khan on Friday (13) appeared via video link from HMP Lindholme for a brief hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Recorder of Bradford Judge Richard Mansell QC ordered him to hand over £80,991.50 of available assets in the next three months. If the confiscation order was not met he faced another year in prison, says the report.

At the sentencing hearing in December, the court heard that Khan owned the Feather Road mini-mart which was the focus of a police investigation which included the analysis of CCTV footage and the compilation of a diary detailing the activities of Khan and his co-defendant 23-year-old Leonard Badwal.

Both Khan and Badwal, of Airedale Road, Bradford, pleaded guilty to participating in the activities of an OCG over a month-long period in February and March 2021, reports said.