Shameless drug dealer, 28, who paraded his wealth by pouring champagne over Rolex watches is jailed for 15 years after trying to hide his illicit activities on encoded EncroChat app 

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  • Mansoor Kiyani, 28, of Luton was jailed for 15 years and six months on Friday.
  • He tried to hide his drug-related activities using an encrypted phone system
  • Champagne flaunts on Rolex watches at Knightsbridge Club

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A drug dealer who showed off his wealth by selling heroin and cocaine by pouring champagne on Rolex watches at an exclusive Knightsbridge club has been jailed for 15 years and six months.

Mansoor Kiyani, 28, of Luton, tried to hide his drug-related activities using an encrypted phone communication system called Encrochat.

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He was arrested in November 2020 after police cracked the system as part of the UK’s largest law enforcement operation by Bedfordshire Police, Operation Costello, which began in spring 2020.

After a three-day trial at Luton Crown Court, he was found guilty of conspiracy to supply supplies and sentenced to 15 years and six months.

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The trial featured videos of Kiyani moving his illegal assets around in a Ferrari as well as his movements in a London nightclub.

The messages show the 28-year-old arranging meetings with drug and cash couriers and coordinating payments to suppliers, and deciding on codewords.

Investigators seized the servers of encrypted tools that were used exclusively by criminals to communicate with each other.

This allowed police to see messages and other media sent between users and, in Kiyani’s case, conversations between them and others about the distribution of Class A substances.

Mansoor Kiyani, 28, of Luton, was sentenced on Friday to 15 years and six months in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Luton Crown Court.

Kiyani was linked to a specific handle, and investigators supported this by matching the location of his encrypted device to that of his other, non-encrypted phone as it was attached to various mobile phone masts.

He messaged another criminal associate in Central Luton to renew his membership on the EncroChat platform in a typical exchange of messages.

The Operation Costello team of Bedfordshire Police is dedicated to dealing with key players such as Kiyani dealing with drug dealing operations in their county.

Drug dealer Kiyani showcased his illegally acquired wealth by selling heroin and cocaine by pouring champagne on Rolex watches at an exclusive Knightsbridge club.

Drug dealer Kiyani showcased his illegally acquired wealth by selling heroin and cocaine by pouring champagne on Rolex watches at an exclusive Knightsbridge club.

Videos showcasing Kiyani's lavish lifestyle were shown to Luton Crown Court during the three-day trial

In Kiyani's case, the detective inspector said that individuals like him are 'funding the lavish lifestyle behind the violence, exploitation and misery of others'

Kiyani was hit through Operation Costello, where a team of investigators from Bedfordshire Police seized the servers of the criminal communications platform Encrochat. Footage is captured on the phone of a 28-year-old pouring champagne on expensive Rolex watches at a Knightsbridge nightclub

The trial featured videos of Kiyani moving his illegal assets around in a Ferrari as well as his movements in a London nightclub.

The trial featured videos of Kiyani moving his illegal assets around in a Ferrari as well as his movements in a London nightclub.

Detective Inspector Tom Stein said: ‘There is no doubt that Kiyani was behind the distribution of several kilograms of cocaine and heroin, something that will undoubtedly have significant and harmful effects in our communities.

‘We know that drugs fuel widespread criminality for users motivated by the crime of robbery and theft to raise money to feed their addictions, ranging from mass violence and exploitation by those involved in importation and sale.

‘Op isn’t looking at Costello Street dealers; We are going after the big players involved in promoting the local pharmaceutical markets.

‘These individuals are funding the lavish lifestyle behind the violence, exploitation and misery of others.

Kiyani’s money was made entirely out of illegal activity.

Detective Inspector Tom Stein of the Bedfordshire Police Operation Costello team said: 'I am sure many others in this video will feel sick watching him parade their property, and share their satisfaction that he is now facing a long prison sentence. Used to be.  Pictured is Luton Crown Court

Detective Inspector Tom Stein of the Bedfordshire Police Operation Costello team said: ‘I am sure many others in this video will feel sick watching him parade their property, and share their satisfaction that he is now facing a long prison sentence. Used to be. Pictured is Luton Crown Court

‘I’m sure many others will feel sick watching him parade their riches in this video, and will share my satisfaction that he now faces a lengthy prison sentence.

‘Unexplained money and expensive items purchased with cash are prime indicators that someone may be involved in organized crime.

‘You can help us catch these people by speaking up and reporting any concerns.’

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