Drug dealers caught on video bragging about being so rich they could throw ‘fivers in the bin’

The men, who were part of a drug supply gang, filmed themselves discarding five pound notes while counting cash

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A pair of drug dealers are facing jail after they were caught on camera tossing money aside while bragging about being so rich they could throw “fivers in the bin”.

Shakeel Amin, 29, and Zain Mushtaq, 22, filmed themselves laughing for the camera while discarding five pound notes as they counted their cash in a bedroom.

The damning footage captures Mushtaq asking Amin “Shakeel, what do we do with fivers?” - before chuckling: “We stash them in the bin.”

The incriminating evidence was played to a court as the pair admitted being part of a gang supplying class A and B drugs across Nottinghamshire.

A court heard detectives found messages on Mushtaq’s phone which included a drugs list and further videos bragging about a designer jewellery and clothing.

Officers also found photos of large wads of cash and stashes of cannabis packaged on a large mat into blue bags.

Pair were caught after covert operation

Amin was caught after a covert surveillance operation captured him undertaking four drug deals on one day in May 2019.

Mushtaq was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs after attending a police station for a separate matter.

His car was searched and a bag was seized, containing his phone as well as cannabis, cash, his ID, bank cards and an exclusive gym pass which he held.

Later the same day, plain clothed officers watched Amin attend a garage where they kept the stash on Bolton Close, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire.

Police found a significant amount of cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, in addition to 10 kilos of Boric Acid - a cutting agent used to bulk out cocaine.

Further warrants were then conducted at other addresses where more class A and B drugs were recovered.

Amin, of Beechdale, Nottingham, and Mushtaq, of Mapperly, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs alongside four other defendants.

Ben Jones, 26, and Shamus Gulfraz, of no fixed address, Rabeena Kausser, 34, of The Meadows, Nottingham and Heather McCrory, 27, of Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, also admitted the charge.

Ringleader Jamil Amin, 31, of Beechdale, Saad Essa, 24, of Harrow, Middlesex, andKieran Neilson, 22, of Aspley, Nottinghamshire, were found guilty following a six week trial.

They will all be sentenced at Derby Crown Court on December 16.

Phone being seized led to ‘entire conspiracy’ being exposed

Detective Constable Steven Fenyn, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a lengthy but ultimately worthwhile investigation, involving many complex operations, warrants and covert tactics to bring the entire group to justice.

“One phone being seized led to an entire drugs conspiracy to be exposed, and it was important to remain patient and strike at the right moment to ensure we had the evidence we needed and the ability to bring all nine members of the group into custody.

“This is a firm warning to anyone involved in drug dealing that this is taken extremely seriously and we work proactively with a variety of different teams within the force to carry out the necessary observations, action and enforcement to ensure illegal drugs are taken off Nottinghamshire’s streets.

Detective Inspector Jon Kerry added: “Supplying and possessing illegal drugs is not only an offence in itself, but it is very often also indicative of wider and potentially more serious criminal activity.

“This result is a testament to DC Fenyn, and his sheer tenacity and patience with this investigation, during which he and my team spent the best part of two years pulling together the entire case ensuring the successful arrest, charge and ultimately conviction of all nine defendants.”

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