News

Crime family’s ‘lavish’ empire toppled as Manchester police foil sophisticated counterfeit goods and drugs business

By John Paul Shammas

A criminal family who lived a ‘lavish lifestyle’ off the back their counterfeit clothing and drugs empire across Manchester have been sentenced to a total of seven years in prison.

Since 2009, a series of warrants have been executed at the business and home addresses of the Chaudhry family.

In November 2011 officers from the Serious Crime Division and Tactical Aid Unit executed eight warrants across Chorlton, Prestwich, Stretford and Cheetham Hill.

During the course of the investigation officers recovered counterfeit clothing worth £250,000 and over seven kilograms of cannabis with a street value of around £70,000. 

And yesterday, Abdul Hamid Chaudhry, 59, of Chatburn Road, Chorlton was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods and money laundering. 


JAILED: Mohammed Basit Chaudhry (left), Mohammed Kamran Chaudhry (middle), Abdul Hamid Chaudhry (right)

Detective Inspector Chris Mossop, of the Serious Crime Division, said: “The Chaudhry empire was a vast operation that netted them untold profits.

“They lived lavish lifestyles off the back of it while many people have been struggling to make ends meet in difficult financial times.

“They may have briefly enjoyed the trappings of so-called success, such as expensive watches and luxury holidays, but they are all distant memories to them now as they languish in jail.”

Of those also charged, Mohammed Kamran Chaudhry, 31, of Bury Old Road, Prestwich, who also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods and money laundering at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to two years in prison.

Mohammed Basit Chaudhry, 25, of Chatburn Road, Chorlton was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to possessing a class B drug with intent and money laundering. 

Meanwhile Shahnuz Akhtar Chaudhry, 57, of Chatburn Road, Chorlton has been sentenced to ten weeks in prison after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to five counts of mortgage fraud. 

DI Mossop added: “I hope the sentence reminds people that we will not rest until we have brought criminals to justice, no matter how sophisticated or successful you think you are.”

For more on this story and many others, follow Mancunian Matters on Twitter and Facebook.

Related Articles