Naked butler facing jail over drugs courier role in £1.2m plot
A naked butler who moonlighted as a drug courier has been found guilty of being part of a £1.2 million cannabis gang.
Male model Mathin Durrani claimed large cash deposits into his bank account came from his work as a naked butler rather than from drug dealing.
He was caught after police monitored a gang which trafficked 400 kilos of cannabis from Wolverhampton to Exeter, where they sold it to three different supply chains.
Durrani, aged 21, who was studying accountancy at the University of Wolverhampton, was caught red handed as he delivered a 14 kilo consignment to a contact at a curry house at Topsham, near Exeter.
He claimed he had been forced to undertake a total of 32 delivery trips through threats to harm his family but a jury at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of three counts of conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Durrani, aged 21, of Westley Court, West Bromwich, and formerly of York Street, Wolverhampton, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced later.
During a trial the jury heard how Durrani was stopped by police as he made his final delivery in September last year at Denleys restaurant in Topsham.
He had three Sports Direct bags packed with 14 kilos of cannabis worth £40,000 in the boot of his Audi.
He was the main courier for a gang run by Wolverhampton-based dealer Fatos Metua with the help of sidekicks Roland Toska and Kosrat Ali.
Builder Metua, 46, of Paget Road, Wolverhampton; Roland Toska, 37, of Park Road, Wolverhampton; and Kosrat Ali, 25, of Clifford Street, Wolverhampton, have all admitted three counts of conspiracy.
Adam Northern, 29, of East Nynehead, Wellington, near Somerset; Steven Walters, 37, of Fernworthy Park, Copplestone; and Gulam Choudhury, aged 44, of Bonhay Road, Exeter, have all admitted a single count of conspiracy.
Neil Mounce, 36, of Avalon Close, Exeter, who acted as Northern's assistant, admitted conspiracy.
Walters's father Roy, 72, of The Oaks, Yeoford, admitted money laundering, and Hannan Miah, 40, of High Street, Topsham, has admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis.
Miah told the jury he was an Afghani refugee who was studying at university and earning extra cash by working as a male model and naked butler.
He accepted he made the trips to Devon but said he was put under duress by Ali and Toska, who threatened his family.