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A Drug Gang Launders Crypto From Prison Using Coinbase

A UK court has ruled a combined 88-year imprisonment for the gang at the back of a drug operation of up to £4.6 million (nearly $5.2 million) worth. The respective gang depended on the friends and families of the imprisoned members for laundering profits through the famous crypto exchange Coinbase. This was reported by the news outlet named Nation Cymru.

A British Drug Gang Launders Crypto from Prison by Using Coinbase

As per the report, the twelve-membered resilient gang received a sentence on Thursday at Cardiff Crown Court for trading cocaine of more than 40kg along with ketamine, ecstasy, and the rest of class-A drugs. The name of the gang’s leader is Amir Khan who transformed approximately £1.65M (almost $2.1M) of illegal funds into crypto.

Due to this, the judge stated that it may be hard to recover some of the respective funds. In this respect, a cryptocurrency wallet of £153,520 (nearly $176,000) has been missing. Joshua Billingham (the 26-year-old leader of Khan) has reportedly guided Stacey Challenger. He is said to have been in a relationship with her. As per the defense lawyers, Challenger was a novice and followed his direction.


Nonetheless, the judge remained unconvinced and stated that she adopted a criminal lifestyle of her own will. Police got into the home of the couple in Wales and discovered a machine for counting along with designer clothes of up to £10,000 worth, as well as a Range Rover. Judge inquired Challenger regarding the presence of the money counter while she was unemployed and was living with a jobless person, as reported by BBC.

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Judge Rules Huge Imprisonment Sentences for the Gang Members

Khan was sentenced to 20 years and 7 months imprisonment for conspiracy charges concerning the conversion of criminal property and supply of class-A drugs. The Judge categorized the criminality of Khan as absolutely stunning. Billingham received 14 years and 8 months imprisonment. On the other hand, Challenger got 1-year imprisonment for laundering nearly £300,000 as well as conspiring to convert the respective amount into crypto assets.

The respective case raises several concerns regarding the utilization of crypto assets and crypto exchanges for criminal activities such as the supply of drugs as well as money laundering. A detective named Constable Michale Coles, who was investigating this case, spoke about it. As per the detective, the respective imprisonment sentences are the result of the huge efforts done during the recent couple of years.

The detective added that they made several endeavors to dismantle and disrupt the respective criminal gang to hold them accountable for their malicious activities. According to the detective, the respective case is categorized among the initial such cases that were witnessed in Gwent regarding the use of crypto assets for money laundering. Because of the expertise and hard work of the cybercrime unit, the police remained effective in tracing the funds.

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Mubashar Nawaz (United Arab Emirates)

Mubashar Nawaz is an experienced crypto writer working for Tokenhell. Having passion for writing, he covers news articles from blockchain to cryptocurrency.

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