Family of Yorkshire drug traffickers hand over land and property in Bradford purchased with ill-gotten gains

The family of two brothers convicted of drug trafficking and money laundering have agreed to hand over £530,000 to settle a civil recovery claim brought by the National Crime Agency.

The NCA argued that Bradford-based Arshid Khan, 51, of Eastbrook, and Asif Khan, 43, of Thornbury near Pudsey, had profited from supplying Class A drugs over a considerable period of time. Some of these profits (£636,525) had been used to acquire land and property in Bradford and Shipley between 2005 and 2018 and were held in the names of family members, or limited companies controlled by family members.

These holdings included a block of flats in Bradford, houses in Shipley and land in both areas.

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In April 2018 the NCA issued a claim for civil recovery in the High Court over these three properties and two pieces of land.

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The extended family in whose names the properties were registered or who had control of the companies holding the properties entered into a settlement which saw the NCA recover £530,000 in cash payment and removed the need for a trial.

There was no finding of criminal wrongdoing against the extended family members.

The NCA's head of civil recovery Andy Lewis said: “It is a common criminal tactic to try and hide profits using family members' identities. This settlement should act as a clear warning that the NCA will use all the available powers to pursue such profits or the assets purchased with them, even when a period of time has passed. These funds will now be returned to the public purse and used to support further work tackling organized crime.”