Inside drug lord’s life of luxury with £5m property empire, supercars and Banksy art

Sheibani used the dirty money to party all over the world (Image: MEN Media)

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A high level drugs boss who lived a staggering life of luxury funded by crime has been jailed for 37 years.

Aram Sheibani, 40, was involved in a high-level cocaine conspiracy for almost a decade before he was brought to justice.

Sheibani, of Bowdon in Trafford, boasted a £5 million property empire including an exclusive £1.74 million apartment in Kensington, London, where he had artwork by Banksy and Andy Warhol.

Police seized more than £1 million in cash from him, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Sheibani partied around the world, drove a Bentley and a Porsche and paid for cosmetic surgery for himself and his girlfriend, the Manchester Evening News reports.

He claimed his riches had come from legitimate sources.

Aram Sheibani, 40, was the owner of a £5m property empire which included a luxury apartment in Kensington, London
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Sheibani was involved in a high-level cocaine conspiracy for almost a decade
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But prosecutors were able to prove his lavish lifestyle had been funded by crime.

"Your greed knows no boundaries," Judge Anthony Cross QC told Sheibani.

"I am satisfied that you are at the very head of a large scale, international drugs conspiracy."

The judge said the evidence showed Sheibani was "close to the very source of production in Colombia".

His property portfolio in Manchester, London and Spain was built up as Sheibani lied about what his income was and where it came from.

He also forged documents, including bank statements and a P60, to support his false declared earnings.

The 40-year-old grinning as he stands in Hollywood
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Sheibani evaded tax, failing to declare more than £3 million in income to HMRC.

And police learned he had purchased items which can be used in the production of the class A drug, including two 30 tonne industrial presses, plastic vacuum packing bags and acetone as well as professional banknote counting machines.

When officers raided his luxury apartment in Bowdon, they found he had an Encro phone, a military grade encrypted handset used by high level criminals.

Sheibani 'funded his materialistic lifestyle of luxury with fraud and criminality', the court heard
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He destroyed the device and rammed it down the toilet as officers executed a warrant.

Police also found a picture of high purity cocaine on a camera.

On a phone seized from the Bowdon apartment, which was said to be his girlfriend's device, they discovered a video of a similar industrial press being used in a cocaine production lab.

A photo of a drugs debtors list was recovered, with some numbers quoted being six figure sums.

He used crime to fund his lavish lifestyle which saw him getting cosmetic surgery for himself and his partner
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And he made trips to Colombia, a country with a notorious cocaine trade.

Now after an eight week trial at Manchester Crown Court, a jury found Sheibani guilty of five counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception; three offences of possession of criminal property; two offences of failing to comply with a notice; two offences of converting criminal property; two offences of fraud; forgery; using false instruments; conspiracy to supply controlled drugs; possession of a controlled drug of class A and perverting the course of justice.

He denied any wrongdoing, claiming his 'unexplained wealth' had come from legitimate sources, including his parents, his property development, selling of watches and trading in currencies.

Sheibani drove a Bentley and a Porsche
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He accepted taking drugs but denied being a drug dealer.

Sheibani tried to blame his financial advisers for some of his crimes.

But a jury rejected his account.

Sheibani will serve half of his sentence in jail.

Bags of cash were found at Sheibani's flat in Trafford
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He will be brought back before the courts for a Proceeds of Crime hearing, to be held next year.

After the hearing, Sergeant Lucy Pearson, of GMP's Economic Crime Unit, said: "Sheibani is a calculated, deceitful and scheming criminal who believes he is above the law.

"His greed shows no limits and he has been funding his materialistic lifestyle of luxury with fraud and criminality, masquerading as a legitimate businessman to conceal his ill-gotten gains.

"He is a dishonest individual who has not shown any remorse for his actions throughout this entire investigation, refusing to co-operate with police and attempting to destroy evidence.

"May today's sentencing serve as a warning to anyone thinking they can get away with such fraudulent and criminal activity, we will find you, and ensure that you face the full consequences of your actions."

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