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Gang of 21 who smuggled £165 million of cocaine into the UK from Dubai are jailed for a total of 167 years after being caught through Encrochat

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Gang of 21 who smuggled £165 million of cocaine into the UK from Dubai are jailed for a total of 167 years after being caught through Encrochat​

  • The 21-strong gang based in Derby ran drug smuggling ring from Dubai to Britain
  • Believed the 'industrial scale' scheme brought £165 million of cocaine into UK
  • Police were already investigating the gang when the criminal Encrochat phone system was infiltrated by European police
  • Officers intercepted 7kg package of cocaine in Derby and made several arrests
  • The group, led by Paldip Mahngar, 45, were jailed for a total of 167 years
By WILLIAM COLE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 13:07 EST, 8 January 2022

A gang who masterminded the import of over £165 million worth of cocaine into the country have been jailed for a total of 167 years.

The 21-strong group was a complex network of well-rehearsed individuals shifting illegal drugs on an 'industrial scale'.

Leading members of the gang would travel out to Dubai to meet their cocaine contact who they bragged was on a 'mill a week.'

But the smooth-running operation fell apart when European Police broke into the Encrochat phone system - an encoded system used by criminals - giving British police evidence to arrest the gang.

An investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit found the gang was being led by Paldip Mahngar, 45, out of his small terraced house in Derby.

A 21-strong gang led by Paldip Mahngar, 45, out of a house in Derby imported over £165 million worth of cocaine into the UK from Dubai using the encoded Encrochat phone system. They have now been jailed for a total of 167 years

A 21-strong gang led by Paldip Mahngar, 45, out of a house in Derby imported over £165 million worth of cocaine into the UK from Dubai using the encoded Encrochat phone system. They have now been jailed for a total of 167 years

Over the 408-day spree, the gang is estimated to have made a staggering £165,208,208 - at one point, they were thought to be raking in as much as £400,000 a day through their 'offices' in Derby and Luton

Mahngar was using an encrypted phone with the Encrochat system to order numerous kilograms of cocaine from contacts in Dubai - Jaswant Kajla was then responsible for distributing the drugs across the country.

Kajla, 41, of Coventry, organised the logistics of moving the drugs and arranged for the gang's earnings to be collected.

He ensured that the distributors were all rehearsed, acting as couriers to distribute their illicit drugs to buyers.

The gang's accountant, Manraj Johal, 32, dealt with the collected money, keeping spreadsheets logging the gang's financial situation.

Jaswant Kajla, 41, of Coventry, organised the logistics of moving the drugs and arranged for the gang's earnings to be collected
The gang's accountant, Manraj Johal, 32, dealt with the collected money, keeping spreadsheets logging the gang's financial situation

Once the drugs were in the UK, Jaswant Kajla (left), 41, of Coventry, organised the logistics of moving the drugs and arranged for the gang's earnings to be collected. The gang's accountant, Manraj Johal (right), 32, dealt with the collected money, keeping spreadsheets logging the gang's financial situation

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