Brothers boasted of luxury lifestyles after flooding Stoke-on-Trent with cocaine

Two brothers who flaunted their luxurious lifestyles have been jailed for 18 years after dousing Stoke-on-Trent with cocaine. Muhammad Owais Khan and Muhammad Luqman Khan snapped pictures of bundles of cash in their luxury car while wearing expensive watches.

The couple had been supplying the Potteries with Class A drugs through their ‘D drug line’ from their home in the West Midlands. They would arrange to meet users outside of shops and bars – but would also go to home addresses.

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Awais Khan, 27, who referred to himself as “Iceman 24”, bragged that he could supply cocaine 24 hours a day.

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But their criminal enterprise collapses after detectives from The County Lines Taskforce discover what they’ve been doing and pounce on him. Officers arrested Awais Khan from his home address in St Paul’s Street, Smethwick, on January 27 this year.

The police recovered the drug line phone next to the driver’s license of 24-year-old Luqman Khan. The officers then swoop in and arrest the younger brother, who also lives on St. Paul’s Street. They were taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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Both have pleaded guilty to the charges while appearing at Crown Court in Wolverhampton. Police said a complex investigation, using telecoms data evidence, showed the brothers sent bulk letters to drug users offering cocaine supply and how to run the drug line.

It was revealed how the officers were able to obtain more evidence from the defendant’s cell phones showing drug dealing lists of how much money they were earning and messages in which Awais Khan referring to himself as a “24 hour snowman” indicated they would be able to to do so. Supply cocaine 24 hours a day.

The brothers loved to flaunt their wealth

The recovered phones also showed pictures of large bundles of cash, expensive watches and high-performance cars. Awais Khan was imprisoned for 11 years and six months, and Muhammad Luqman Khan for seven years and two months.

Speaking after the case, Detective Superintendent Syed Hussain, County Lines West Midlands Police Chief, said: “County Lines drug dealers like the Khan brothers are devastating lives and our officers from the County Lines Task Force have worked hard to stop them and bring them to justice.

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“County Lines gangs should know they are in our sights and we are working 24/7 to stop them. Communities have been destroyed by County Lines and we are determined to prevent people like the Khan brothers from profiting from the misery of others.”

People with information about drug dealing in County Lines should contact the police via Live Chat on their website or by calling 101. Or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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