County Lines drug dealer, Henna Ashraf, who boasted of luxurious lifestyle on Snapchat, convicted – BirminghamWorld

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Henna Ashraf displayed her wealth including taking pictures inside her flash Mercedes car on Snapchat
A Birmingham drug dealer who flaunted her luxurious lifestyle on Snapchat is facing jail. She has become the first woman across West Midlands Police force area to be convicted of running a County Lines drugs operation on her own.
Henna Ashraf, 25, from Harborne, displayed her wealth including taking pictures inside her flash Mercedes car and posting photos of bundles of cash on the social media app Snapchat.
Ashraf also visited the plush area of Knightsbridge in London, where she would spend £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.
The 25-year-old, from Croftdown Road, Harborne, was operating what she termed the ‘Mase Line’ from Birmingham all the way down to the Devon town.
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 police from Avon and Somerset stopped her near to junction 24.
She panicked as the 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.
Ashraf eventually stopped the car and provided false details of her mother’s name at first.
Inside her car, a damaged Nokia mobile phone was found. It was folded in half and then wedged between the seats and the centre console. “This had clearly been done in order to hide the phone and attempt to destroy any potential evidence,” West Midlands Police said.
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 14, 2020 until December 9, 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.”
“We were left in no doubt that these messages were advertising class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine for sale and when we searched her bedroom we found a further phone also containing messages of a similar nature.
“When we looked into her personal phone we 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,” the police said.
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 2 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 their website or by calling 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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