Rochdale drug dealer jailed for money laundering and smuggling drugs into UK prisons

November 29, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Rochdale drug dealer jailed for money laundering and smuggling drugs into UK prisons: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

A drug dealer who was involved in selling to prison inmates has been jailed. In 2016, Mohammed Sajid, 22 of Rochdale was arrested along with his friend Robert Zalega, 43 on suspicion of money laundering. They were caught with just over £35,000 while attempting to board a Channel Tunnel Train on the pretext of travelling to Germany for ‘business’.

National Crime Agency searched their homes and recovered high quantities of Class A, B and C drugs and cellphones. The phones revealed that Sajid was in contact with prison inmates,  and regularly arranged to supply drugs to them.
A number of packages shaped in the form suppositories were found which were used to smuggle the drugs. Small mobile phones, which are easy to sneak into prison, were also found. Sajid was sentenced by the Canterbury Crown Court to 40 months in prison for money laundering and drug-related crimes. Zalega was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months, and also ordered to perform 200 hours unpaid work for being involved in money laundering.

Both men had admitted to the offences at an earlier hearing. Sajid claimed he was using the money to buy tyres from contacts in Germany. His story was shown to be false when investigators examined a number of phones and found no supporting evidence. The phones, however, did reveal to investigators that Sajid was in contact with prisoners and with selling them Class A, B and C drugs. The border security officials are proud of the fact that they took a significant amount of criminal wealth and hence disrupted organised crime.


Smuggling of drugs and mobile phones inside prisons leads to crises which threaten lives not only inside but also outside the prison. Imprisoned kingpins are able to direct crime from within their jail cells. At the same time, drugs inside lead to addiction, abuse, the spread of communicable diseases, violence, etc.

The biggest challenge which the investigative agencies face is that although interrogation can lead to the imprisonment of the arrested persons but, it can not help much in dismantling the larger criminal organisation.

Despite a tight control on smuggling of drugs and paraphernalia into prisons, the UK still tries hard to deal with the crisis. It is important to destroy the smuggling network to make the prisons in the UK a safe place for the inmates.


Law enforcement agencies stand to gain enormously if they bust the smuggling rings which smuggle mobile phones and illicit drugs into prisons. It not only helps to cut off their communication with criminals in the outer world but also to reduce substance abuse within the prison system. Traffickers always come up with new ways of trafficking narcotics and banned items into prisons. They are helped by officials on the inside to make their job easier.

There is a solution which can enable law enforcement to interrogate suspects in a highly efficient manner.  iCognative technology, offered by Brainwave Science, is an accurate, reliable, and quick means to match available crime-related information with what is available in a suspect’s memory.

The system is capable of detecting whether “information is present” or “information is absent”, in the suspect’s brain with over 99.9% accuracy.

Upon the arrest of a suspect, the traditional methods of interrogation usually fail to extract information which can be of help in defeating his criminal network. The suspect may be able to outsmart a polygraph test but iCognative cannot be defeated by the subjects. The system is able to detect if he or she possesses crime-relevant information. With iCognative, law enforcement can identify whether a suspect knows the names of the persons involved, phone numbers, drug routes, drug names, banking information, etc.

iCognative is known for reporting no false negatives or false positives. iCognative is invaluable to law enforcement personnel. By discovering the tacit knowledge possessed by a suspect, security personnel can process cases faster. iCognative detects the awareness of information which only a perpetrator or a witness can be aware of. This information is difficult to obtain through conventional questioning.

Law enforcement agencies can effectively crush cross-border smuggling networks. The technology minimizes the time and effort spent in the whole exercise. It also eliminates and human suffering and torture in the investigation process.

In the above trafficking case, iCognative can help to bust the trafficking network which helps supply drugs to the prisons in the UK. The test lasts 45 minutes and can determine if the subject has awareness of information related to the crime.

Details related to the crime such as pictures of the smuggled phones, contraband, dates of smuggling must trigger a response in the brains of the traffickers and planners. These images when uploaded to the iCognative, can be used to specifically screen suspects. The subject observes a monitor where crime-related words, phrases or pictures are flashed. The brainwave responses of the subject accurately reveal if he or she either planned, committed or witnessed the crime.

iCognative can determine which suspect has specific crime-related information in their brains and which does not.

The answer to safer prisons in the UK and everywhere lies within iCognative– a tool which can help to gather intelligence efficiently and dismantle criminal organizations.

Main Source: NCA

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