Sisters who ran multi-million pound heroin ring from their Manchester beauty business ordered to pay back ill-gotten profits
- Shaiza Din, 44, and her sister Abia Din, 47, ran a multi-million pounds drugs ring
- They used their business, The Beauty Booth, in Bury, as a front for their crime
- Greater Manchester Police seized 60 kilos of heroin and £300,000 in cash
- The pair, who were jailed in 2020, have now been ordered to pay back the sum
Two drug-dealing sisters who ran a multi-million pound drugs ring from their beauty salon have been ordered to pay back thousands of pounds of their ill-gotten gains.
Shazia Din, 44, led a beauty business, called The Beauty Booth, in Bury, Greater Manchester, with her older sister Abia Din, 47, as a money laundering operation.
The pair were funneling heroin, cocaine and amphetamines to contacts in South Yorkshire.
Greater Manchester Police revealed this afternoon that during a hearing at Manchester Crown Court the judge confiscated a total of £345,031 from seven individuals involved in the organising the crime.
Shazia Din, 44, led a beauty business, called The Beauty Booth, in Bury, Greater Manchester, with her older sister Abia Din, 47, as a money laundering operation
In December 2020, 17 people were jailed after the Greater Manchester Police smashed a cross-Pennine drugs ring, seizing more than 60 kilos of heroin and cocaine and £300,000 in cash.
Shaiza Din pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs including cocaine, heroine, MDMA and intention to supply class B drugs, including cannabis as well as conspiracy to convert and transfer criminal property.
She was then jailed for 15 years.
Abia Din pleaded guilty to convert and transfer criminal property and was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, including cocaine, heroine and MDA, as well as conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely cannabis.
She was jailed for 18 years.
Today the Din sisters were hit by confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Shaiza Din, who ran the criminal empire from her beauty store, had £259,079 confiscated, while her sister Abia Din will loose a sum of £49,478.
The police force also confirmed that others involved ‘also had substantial wealth confiscated’.
A spokesman said: ‘£736,464.30 in total has now been confiscated from all individuals involved in the drugs ring, including those who were instrumental in driving drugs between Manchester and Yorkshire.
‘The operation saw over 60 kilos of class A drugs seized – including heroin and cocaine – as well as £300,000 in cash, a hydraulic press, drugs paraphernalia, a handgun and ammunition. Members of the conspiracy were sentenced to a total of 140 years.’
A court heard how a matriarch of the family from Bury and the daughter of a major drug dealer from Doncaster had joined forces.
Spanning from December 2018 to a sudden shutdown on July 24, 2019, following Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Heart, 20 people were arrested, convicted and sentenced for their roles in the operation.
Prosecutor Andrew Ford told Manchester Crown Court that Shazia Din, then 42, led a Bury-based crime group alongside her sister Abia Din, then 45 – but her relationship with Peter Wrafter, 57, saw the supply and distribution of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines throughout South Yorkshire-based networks.
However, following the arrest and incarceration of Wrafter after he was found with a firearm, ammunition, drugs and cash in his Mercedes van, Shazia ‘promoted’ her son Hassan, then aged 21, to be the figurehead of the business, and Natalie Wrafter, 31, took over from her father, the court heard.
Natalie Wrafter, 31, (left) with Shazia Din, 44, (right) exchanging thousands of pounds worth of drug money in a prison car park before visiting Ms Wrafter’s father Peter Wrafter
Natalie Wrafter, (left) of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, got 11 years and three months for similar drugs offences. Shazia Din (right) was jailed for 15 years
Hassan Din, of The Drive, Bury, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class B drugs, namely cannabis, and conspiracy to transfer criminal property.
He was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely cocaine and heroin; and conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely MDMA. A judge jailed him for 14 years.
Natalie Wrafter, of Harewood Avenue, Doncaster, got 11 years and three months for similar drugs offences.
In December 2020, 17 people, including Natalie Wrafter (pictured) were jailed after the Greater Manchester Police smashed a cross-Pennine drugs ring, seizing more than 60 kilos of heroin and cocaine and £300,000 in cash
Following the confiscation, Detective Chief Inspector Roger Smethurst said: ‘We are extremely pleased with the results of the confiscation hearing, and the case as a whole. The officers involved have worked tirelessly to secure convictions against instrumental members of an organised crime group operating out of Greater Manchester.
‘We hope that this serves as a reminder to anyone that we continue to investigate and secure convictions in large-scale drugs operations.’
Proceeds of crime is the term given to money or assets gained by criminals during the course of their criminal activity. The authorities, including the Crown Prosecution Service, have powers under POCA to seek to confiscate assets so crime doesn’t pay.
‘By taking out the profits that fund crime, we can help disrupt the cycle and prevent further offences,’ added Greater Manchester Police in a statement.
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