A former Metropolitan Police officer who used his post to help a criminal gang seize money from other offenders has been jailed for eight years.

Kashif Mahmood, 32, dressed in his uniform and used marked and unmarked police cars to get to places where the gang knew “large amounts of cash” would be exchanged, and took it from him. – even pretending to do homework.

In sentencing Mahmood, Judge David Tomlinson said he had “abused his position of power, trust and responsibility” and that his actions had amounted to “exploitation” of his fellow police officers.

Mahmood, of Harlow, Essex, did not react when the judge handed down his sentence, reduced by 12 years due to an early guilty plea.

The court heard he was involved in a “highly lucrative” operation which seized at least £ 850,000 from criminal smugglers under the pretext of “lawful exercise of his powers”.

He was convicted after admitting a conspiracy to acquire criminal property and misconduct in the public service, although he received no additional jail time on the latter charge.

Tomlinson said the group put criminal smugglers at risk because they were reportedly unable to explain to their bosses how the money was seized.

Mitigating, William Emlyn Jones told the Southwark court: “He admits it’s no one’s fault but his own. It is his fault that he lost his good character and his hard-earned reputation.

He said Mahmood realized his childhood dream of becoming a police officer at the age of 21, despite a difficult childhood in which he was stabbed for refusing to join a neighborhood gang.

“The punishment he inflicted on himself is substantial. It seems that in the end his track record caught up with him. He thought he had escaped, but it called him back.

Emlyn Jones said Mahmood’s remorse was genuine and he was misled about the extent of the gang’s criminal activity and did not take a share of the seized money.

He told the court that his client did not live a “lavish lifestyle” as suggested, and that three of the four designer watches presented as evidence were “cheap knockoffs”.

Mahmood was sentenced alongside brothers Mohsin Khan, 36, and Shazad Khan, 33, both of Ilford; Shazad’s third brother and twin, Shabaz Khan, 33, of Barkingside, east London; Mohsin Khan’s partner, Maria Shah, also from Ilford; and Ioan Gherghel, 34, from Stratford, east London.

Mohsin Khan was sentenced to 16 years in prison for conspiring to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to transfer criminal property and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Shabaz Khan was jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to transfer criminal property, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and possession of a class B controlled drug with l ‘intention to provide them.

Shazad Khan and Shah were sentenced to 15 years and five years and four months, respectively, for conspiring to supply Class A drugs, conspiracy to transfer criminal property and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Gherghel was jailed for six years for conspiring to acquire criminal property.