Takeaway delivery driver posted 157kg of MDMA worth £1.5m across globe from South Shields home


A DRUG dealer is thought to have posted 157kg of MDMA to destinations across the globe from a Breaking Bad-style makeshift lab in his South Shields home.

Mubinar Rahman, 25, admitted posting dozens of packages of Class A drugs around the world, to addresses in the UK, America, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) found evidence he posted 104 packages with MDMA, the main component of ecstasy tablets, to the global destinations.

NCA investigators searched his home in Henry Nelson Street, South Shields, and found receipts for the parcels being sent with a combined weight of 157kg - worth about £1.5 million on the streets.

Between 29 June and 27 July this year the NCA and Border Force intercepted 39 packages from Rahman - recovering 83kg of MDMA with a street value of £786,000.


SEIZED: Rahman's Breaking Bad-style home drugs lab where he packaged and created substances (NCA)

This week, Rahman – who has previous convictions for dealing drugs – appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and admitted trafficking drugs and possession of Class A with intent to supply.

He will return to court for sentencing in December with the judge warning him he faces a “lengthy” jail term.

On July 28 NCA officers watched Rahman park his 2010 BMW outside a flat in Marlborough Court, Washington, Tyne and Wear.

He entered the flat and was arrested when he came out.

Inside the car were 10 parcels addressed to international recipients.

Officers searched the flat and recovered 25kg of MDMA, 100kg of pre-cursor cutting agents, drug packaging equipment, heat-sealing and vacuum packing equipment and a label printer and laptop.

LAB: Packaged substances for creating his drugs found at the home (NCA)

Rahman declined to answer questions in his custody interview.

NCA operations manager Julie Booker said: “Organised criminal networks often exploit infrastructure like the post and fast parcel system to move their illicit commodities around.

“Working with our partners at the Border Force, a significant amount of Class A has been removed and along with that, we’ve stopped those profits from going back into the crime group.

“We are determined to do all we can to disrupt all drugs supply routes in and out of the UK.”

Minister for Immigration Compliance and Courts Chris Philp said: “These seizures show that Border Force is on constant alert to stop the supply of damaging Class A drugs, not just in the UK but across the world.

“Anyone involved in this despicable trade can expect to be caught and brought to justice.”

In January Rahman appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, when he was banned from driving for six months and given fines and costs totalling £535 after being twice caught driving with no insurance last April and May.

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