An Isle of Dogs gang leader has been jailed for three and a half years for his role in a money laundering operation. Quaojun Lou, of Peninsula Court, East Ferry Road, pleaded guilty to seven counts after he was discovered to have laundered millions of pounds in cash from criminal proceeds.

The 38-year-old was part of a gang of four that were seen by specialist police officers meeting in car parks in Lewisham and Poplar, where sports bags full of money would be passed to Lou.

Police searched Lou’s home on Tuesday, June 2, last year and seized £351,064.45 in cash.

Money recovered from the gang during the police operation

DC Chris Woods of the Metropolitan Police said: “Criminals will go to great lengths to launder the proceeds of their crimes but we will go to greater lengths to pursue and disrupt their networks.”

Evidence from Lou’s mobile phone showed he was using Bank Of China accounts to launder cash from criminal proceeds for unknown parties.

Gordon Bahula was given an eight-month sentence suspended for 18 months for his part in the crime

The three couriers who met Lou in the car parks were identified as Barry Nixon, of Essex, Gordon Bahula, of Liverpool, and Raymond Osborne from Mottingham.

They all pleaded guilty, with Nixon jailed for 16 months after £302,795 was found at his home.

Raymond Osborne as given 20 weeks in prison suspended for a year

Bahula was sentenced to eight months, suspended for 18 months, and Osborne was given a 20-week term, suspended for a year.

A stash of £302,795 was found at Barry Nixon's home

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