Five men were sentenced to a combined total of 95 years in jail by a UK court on March 26 for being part of a plot to import heroin and cocaine worth more than £10 million.Among the five accused, Jagdish Patel, 51, was found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin, and conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin for which he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Wembley resident Paulvinder Randhawa, 47, admitted, at the beginning of the trial, to conspiracy to supply heroin and was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while 55-year-old Ravindra Modha of Thurmaston was found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and will spend 16 years behind bars.The other two persons convicted in the case are of Pakistani origin, PTI reported. Talib Hussain, 59, from Birmingham, received 24-year prison term, while Ayaz Hussain, 28, of Wembley, who admitted to conspiracy to supply cocaine during the trial, will be sent to jail for 12-and-a-half years, the Leicestershire Police said in a statement.The men were part of a Leicester-based organized crime gang involved in importing heroin and cocaine hidden in purpose-built secret compartments in furniture, industrial bolts and clothes, according to the police. The men were involved in a plot to flood the streets of United Kingdom with more than £10 million worth of class A drugs, classified as crack cocaine, cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms, methadone, methamphetamine or crystal meth.“Today’s sentencing marks the end of a very long and complex investigation that was undertaken over a number of months. The communities of Leicestershire should be reassured that a significant amount of drugs have been prevented from reaching the streets,” detective inspector Harry Rai said.The East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) launched the investigation after a batch of bolts with heroin hidden inside was uncovered by the Metropolitan Police Service. After examination, it was found that the bolts had been drilled hollow, and heroin was stuffed inside, the Leicester Mercury reported.The five men were involved in the entire process, from arranging, managing and overseeing the drugs that were imported, to distributing them in the United Kingdom so they could be peddled on the streets. Related ItemsDrugsLeicestershireUK
August 15, 2016 475 Views Share Median Housing Price 2016-08-15 Seth Welborn What States Offer the Most Ideal Lifestyle? in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News If families wanted to find the places with the most affordable housing, safest neighborhoods, most affordable child care, best job security, highest income, and the best education opportunities, where would they go?Analysis from GoBankingRates of all 50 states plus the District of Columbia ranked each one according to 12 factors in order to determine where families can enjoy the best lifestyle. The factors spanned the categories of jobs and income (median household income and state’s unemployment rate), housing (median home listing price and state property tax), lifestyle (state sales tax, child care cost, cost of groceries, and school district grades), healthcare (average cost of healthcare premium and how much the employer contributes to employee health insurance), and safety (violent crime and property crime rates).The study found that New Hampshire topped the list of best places to live due to its low crime rates, highly rated schools, low child care costs, and zero sales tax. North Dakota, Delaware, Montana, and Wyoming rounded out the top five.Source: GOBankingRatesWashington, D.C., ranked last on the list because of its high unemployment rate (fourth in the nation), high median home price ($549,900, second in the nation), high child care costs ($40,000 a year, more than double the national average), high cost of groceries, and high crime rate.“There really is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for those trying to decide the best place to raise their families today,” said Kristen Bonner, lead researcher on the GOBankingRates study. “Our study examined some of the main concerns families have during this process and found that it is possible to live in states where the cost of living won’t drain your bank account and your children can still attend good schools in a safe environment.”The two states with the lowest median home price (about $140,000), Ohio and Indiana, ranked 24th and 28th on the list, respectively. Maryland had the highest median household income at approximately $74,000 per year (more than $20,000 higher than the national average) but ranked only 25th on the list because of its higher-than-average crime rate, health insurance premium, and median home price.Click here to view the entire list to see where each state ranks.