Feb 21 2013 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A FREIGHT company boss has appeared in court charged with smuggling drugs and millions of cigarettes into the country.
Jaysuchlal Devshi Shah, of Lansdowne Road, Stanmore, a director of Scanwell Freight Services, based at Shambu House, Amberley Way, Hounslow, is alleged to be part of a multi-million pound racket.
The 56-year-old is expected to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on March 5 for his case to be committed to Isleworth Crown Court.
He was remanded in custody at a bail hearing at the magistrates’ court on February 5.
Shah faces charges of smuggling together with alleged accomplices Feroz Batliwala, 44, Wasim Batliwala, 26, Rajeev Kaushik, 52 and Krishan Solanki, 46, 1.3 tonnes of cannabis into the United Kingdom between July 31, 2010, and March 31, 2012.
He is accused with the same named men of smuggling 15kg of cocaine between November 16 and 19, 2010, and of 1kg of heroin on July 19, 2011, both at Scanwell Freight Services, and of 105kg of cocaine between August 28, 2011, and April 18, 2012, at St Mark Freight Services, based at Beaver Industrial Park Brent Road, Southall in west London.
Shah faces further charges of evading the duty together with the same named men on 17.7million cigarettes between November 29, 2008, and August 5, 2011, at Scanwell Freight Services.
He faces further charges of evading the duty together with the named men and another man, Edison Nkata, on 2.4million cigarettes between April 14 2011 and August 9 2011, 1.1million cigarettes between May 15, 2011, and 27 August, 2011, and 1.5million cigarettes between July 13, 2010, and January 15, 2012, all at Scanwell Freight Services.
He faces a ninth charge of evading the duty together with the named men and two others, Nurmahomed Ahmed and Ashiquir Rohman Ali, between October 26, 2011 and April 26, 2012 on 1.7million Richman cigarettes.
Shah faces two counts of possession of criminal property, one involving £11,040 cash at his home on May 25, 2012 and the other concerning £12,224.85 found in a safe in the director’s office at Shambu House.