Prosecution claim mobile phones link Ravensthorpe man to carpet drug plot

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A man accused of conspiring to import £500,000 of drugs into Britain used seven mobile phones as part of the plot, a court heard today (Monday).

Mohammed Aslam, 50, is accused of conspiring to import 18.85kg of heroin into Dewsbury in a rolled up carpet last year.

Today his lawyer questioned phone records that linked several mobiles to his address in Clarkson Street, Ravensthorpe

The prosection claims that the phones were used as part of the importation – with calls made to a freight company which handled the deliveries of the carpets from Pakistan. Records also show the phones were used to contact Razwan Hussain, 28, of Lane Hackings, Huddersfield, who has already pleaded guilty to involvement in the conspiracy.

But Andrew Dallas, mitigating, said the phones could have been used by someone with access to Mohammed Aslam’s address and personal details.

Evidence obtained by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which concluded that all seven could be attributed to the accused, was “a misrepresentation of the evidence,” Mr Dallas said.

Leeds Crown Court today heard from SOCA intelligence officer Julie Walton, who concluded that Aslam was the most likely user of the phones.

A series of phones, sim cards and telephone numbers were linked to his address between February and June last year.

Aslam denies conspiracy to import heroin. The trial continues.