Boastful Henna Ashraf showed off her wealth by taking pictures inside her flash Mercedes car and posting photos of bundles of cash on the social media app.
Ashraf also enjoyed being pampered in the plush area of Knightsbridge in London, thinking nothing more of spending £500 on a haircut at an upmarket salon.
Her money was made through selling Class A drugs in the English Riviera town of Torquay – over 180 miles from where she lives.
While she enjoyed the trappings of wealth, misery is heaped on vulnerable people and children who get manipulated into selling drugs by County Lines criminal groups.
The 25-year-old, from Croftdown Road, Harborne, Birmingham, was operating what she termed the ‘Mase Line’ from Birmingham all the way down to the Devon town.
But Ashraf’s luxury lifestyle was to come crashing down after she was spotted driving down the M5 on December 9, 2020.
She was driving from her Birmingham home in a silver Mercedes car to Torquay when our police from Avon and Somerset stopped her near to junction 24.
Ashraf panicked as police swooped and an object was seen being thrown from the driver’s side of her vehicle.
The item wasn’t recovered but is believed to be a package containing class A drugs, West Midlands Police said.
Ashraf eventually stopped the car and provided false details of her mother’s name at first.
Inside her car officers found a damaged Nokia mobile phone folded in half and then wedged between the seats and the centre console.
Despite snapping the handset, the IMEI was still visible and this was confirmed to be the relevant handset for the Nokia mobile phone being used for the ‘Mase’ drugs line.
Ashraf was arrested and taken into custody. West Midlands Police investigated and discovered the phone had been in use since at least August 2020 until December 2020.
Telecommunication enquiries led to the identification of burner phones often associated to this type of criminal activity.
Text messages were obtained which were sent from the phone with one saying ‘Best both deals cal now fat bits.’ Drug dealers commonly use this terminology to refer to heroin and crack cocaine.
This message was sent to 40 separate contacts on the October 7, 2020 between 10.07pm and 10.08pm.
Other messages referring to deals were also sent including ‘On now best of both cal now deals’ while other messages were sent revealing the unique Mase branding of the drugs line including ‘On with both cal now fat bits deals mase line.’
Police say they were left in no doubt that these messages were advertising class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine for sale, and when officers searched her bedroom they found a further phone also containing messages of a similar nature.
When police looked into her personal phone officers saw she had sent several Snapchat messages boasting about her successful life as a drug dealer, including pictures of bundles of cash she had made from her criminal gains.
Ashraf was convicted of being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin between August 14, 2020, and December 9, 2020, following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
She will be sentenced on December 20 and faces a prison sentence.
Detective Superintendent Syed Hussain, West Midlands Police lead for County Lines, said: “County Lines gangs should know they are in our sights and our work goes on 24/7 throughout the year to stop them.
“Ashraf was unusual in being a lone woman heading a County Lines drugs operation and we are delighted to have worked with our colleagues at Avon and Somerset Police to put an end to this drugs line and secure a successful conviction at court.
“Communities are left destroyed by County Lines and we are determined to stop people like Ashraf from profiting from the misery of others.
“We work with a raft of partners and local authorities as well as charities and we try to raise awareness of the general public so that they can become more aware of the dangers associated with County Lines and exploitation.”
People with information about County Lines drug dealing should contact West Midlands Police via live chat on its website or by calling 101.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org