LEEDS, England — Mohammed Azam Yaqoob, also known as Mr. Sparkles because of the carwash he once ran, must either repay nearly £1 million or face another four-and-a-half years in jail, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
Last month Yaqoob was sentence to nine years in prison for participation in a £5 million drug trafficking conspiracy, said the article. He admitted to the charge.
Details have now emerged in Yaqoob’s past, including his involvement in organized crime and money laundering. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2012, noted the article.
A judge ruled assets of £993,760.45 were to be confiscated by the National Crime Agency. If Yaqoob fails to pay the amount, he will face another four-and-a-half years in prison, and he will still have to pay the money plus interest, explained the article.
Ten years ago Yaqoob was at the center of a housing controversy when the town council said he had built his house with planning permission, stated the article.
The house now often has a car in the driveway, but it is unclear if anyone lives there or who owns the property, reported the article.
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