Two men confessing to their crimes on video excitedly sharing how much money they have has led to not only their arrest but also busting their whole gang. Detective Constable Steven Fenyn, from Nottinghamshire Police, in a press conference, said: "This was a lengthy but ultimately worthwhile investigation, involving many complex operations, warrants, and covert tactics to bring the entire group to justice.
These drug dealers are now behind prison bars after they were filmed throwing money while bragging they are so rich that they could throw 'fivers in the bin'.
Shakeel Amin, 29, and Zain Mushtaq, 22, recorded themselves laughing and having fun while they counted the cash in the bedroom.
At one point in the footage, Mushtaq even asks Amin: "Shakeel, what do we do with fivers?"
He then chuckled: "We stash them in the bin."
This video served as evidence to a court as the two partners admitted to being part of a gang supplying class A and B drugs across Nottinghamshire.
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Detectives also found messages on Mushtaq's phone that included the lists of drugs that they supply including him bragging about designer clothes and jewelry.
Later on, further investigation led to detectives finding a huge amount of cash, and packages of cannabis were also discovered.
Reportedly, Amin was caught after a secret surveillance operation captured him undertaking four drug deals on one day in May 2019. Meanwhile, Mushtaq was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs after attending a police station for a separate matter.
The two partners pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs alongside four other defendants - with Ben Jones, Shamus Gulfraz, Rabeena Kausser, and Heather McCrory, also admitting the charge.
Ringleader Jamil Amin, Saad Essa and Kieran Neilson were found guilty following a six week trial, with sentencing due to take place at Derby Crown Court on 16 December.
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.
"The number of not guilty pleas certainly presented a challenge to us, but we were ultimately able to prove their involvement to the courts during the trial.
"I am very pleased with the verdict that has come out of this - it is a testament to the team and their dedication to the operation.
"We now await sentencing of all nine defendants."
Police also searched Mushtaq's car after arrest and found a bag containing cannabis, cash, his ID, bank cards, and a gym pass was also seized.
On the same day of arrest, officers wearing civilian clothes watched Amin go to a garage where they stored a stash - with police finding a significant amount of cocaine, MDMA, cannabis, and 10 kilos of Boris Acid - a cutting agent used to bulk out cocaine.
Police got more warrants issued for other addresses that led to the police discovering more class A and B drugs.
Detective Inspector Jon Kerry said:
"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 is why we are so determined to investigate, take action and bring offenders to justice - and ultimately take illegal drugs of Nottinghamshire's streets and stop them causing harm to our communities, the majority of which make the county a fantastic place.
"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."