Indian-origin drug smuggler fined in UK

Kuldip Singh Hayre, who is serving a six-year sentence for his role in a cannabis smuggling operation, was told by the Birmingham Crown Court to pay 185,000 pounds on Friday.
He will face an extra two years in jail if he fails to pay up within six months.

Two other members of the gang, Paldip Singh Mahngar and Jasvir Singh Bhathal were also ordered to pay a portion of their criminal profits at earlier hearings.

Mahngar must pay 550,000 pounds or serve five years on top of the nine-year sentence he received for his drugs crime.Jasvir Bhathal has also previously been ordered to pay back 34,297 pounds. The three appeared at Leicester Crown Court in February last year, where they admitted a range of drug offences.

They were accused of being involved in a sophisticated trafficking operation, which included ferrying drugs across Britain in a bogus courier van.

In the nine months they were under surveillance, they reportedly earned 1.9 million pounds, the court heard.

Mick Penfold, of Leicestershire police's economic crime unit, said: "These three people were involved in a drug trafficking operation which was worth millions of pounds."Not only has this operation been stopped but a large quantity of money has also been confiscated from them. This result shows how seriously the force takes these offences and how far we will go to ensure that these criminals do not benefit from their ill-gotten gains once released from jail."

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