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You're so vain Multi-millionaire drugs lord told his "greed knows no boundaries" as he is jailed for 37 years

Sheibani spent millions on parties with bikini-clad women, luxury holidays, artworks by Banksy and Andy Warhol as well as a nose job

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Sheibani (left) funded a lavish lifestyle through fraud and money laundering

Sheibani (left) funded a lavish lifestyle through fraud and money laundering

Sheibani (left) funded a lavish lifestyle through fraud and money laundering

A multi-millionaire drugs lord described in court as “vanity personified” has been jailed for 37 years after being convicted of numerous offences including conspiracy to supply cocaine, fraud, money laundering, forgery and perverting the course of justice. 

Aram Sheibani (40) of Trafford, Greater Manchester, who came to the UK as an Iranian refugee, spent millions on parties with bikini-clad women, luxury holidays, artworks by Banksy and Andy Warhol as well as a nose job during his life of crime.

Sheibani who stayed in luxury hotels around the world, drove a Bentley and a Porsche and built up a £5 million property empire, £1 million in cash and a collection of art, funded his lavish jet-setting lifestyle through fraud, money laundering and drugs offences.

Before his arrest he was passing himself off as a legitimate businessman while falsifying his earnings to facilitate further borrowing.

When police finally caught up with him he said the piles of ketamine, cocaine, ecstasy and MDMA were all for him.

When quizzed about his links to Colombia, he said he only went here “to meet girls and party”.

He told detectives: “I am a heavy drug user but definitely not a drug dealer”. He added: “I sometimes take drugs and I sometimes have sex. I don't necessarily have to have them at the same time.”

However, prosecutor Nick Clarke QC told Manchester Crown Court: “Under the surface, under the veneer of flash cars and clothes, under the photos, the cash, the watches, the boats and holidays, the cool clubs and parties, there is a very clear reality. A man who makes money from criminality for his own vain ends.”

Following a 10-week trial Sheibani was told by Judge Anthony Cross QC: “Your greed knows no boundaries.

“I am certain that you began your criminal life by taking advantage of the property boom in which the money you generated in your early 20s funded your foray into the international drug trade in which you engaged in at the time of your arrest.

“I am satisfied that you are at the very head of a large-scale drugs conspiracy. I am satisfied that the evidence indicates you are close to the source of production in Colombia and the international drugs trade which includes the supply of drugs in Europe, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

“Your network here runs across the UK. You were not just a supplier but a processor of drugs. You ran a network of unknown others under your control.”

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Sheibani was a frequent worldwide traveller with trips to Dubai, Amsterdam and Ibiza.

On a trip to Beverly Hills in Los Angeles in 2013, he splashed out 45,000 US dollars on a hair transplant and another massive outlay was spent years later in Istanbul in a similar vain attempt to cure his premature baldness.

In December 2013 he visited Colombia where he mixed business with pleasure as he soaked up the lifestyle of an international drugs supplier, the court heard.

Outside court, Det Sgt Lucy Pearson, of Greater Manchester Police's economic crime unit, said: “Sheibani is a calculated, deceitful and scheming criminal who believes he is above the law.

“May today's sentencing serve as a warning to anyone thinking they can get away with such fraudulent and criminal activity.

“We will find you and ensure that you face the full consequences of your actions.”

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