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Heroin smuggler jailed after four-years on the run


A 37-year-old man who spent four years on the run in connection with a £1 million drug smuggling operation was arrested trying to hide under a roof.

Tahir Mahmood was jailed for seven years at the city's crown court on Tuesday after admitting conspiracy to import heroin from Iran in 2012, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The agency said Mahmood, of Kenelm Road in Small Heath, Birmingham, fled while initially on police bail following his original arrest but officers caught up with him on August 1 this year.

In a statement, the NCA said Mahmood "was attempting to climb into the roof space of an out-building at his family's home" and was detained by West Midlands Police.

Dawn Cartwright, head of the NCA's Birmingham border investigation team, said: "Tahir Mahmood spent four years on the run and maybe thought the coast was clear and he could come back to Birmingham and pick up where he left off.

"He soon found out that those involved in this kind of organised crime never drop off our radar."

The drugs haul was discovered hidden in handbags during a search of cargo at Heathrow airport by Border Force officers.

NCA investigators said Mahmood had helped "orchestrate" the smuggling operation and linked him to the haul through phone analysis.