Jailed: Gravesend drug dealing gang member who peddled crack cocaine and heroin sentenced to 28 months
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 September 2018
A drug dealing gang member who peddled heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed.
Salikul Islam of Singlewell Road, Gravesend, pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs.
The 22-year-old was sentenced with two accomplices – Taukir Ahmed, 21, of Ernest Street and Muhammed Ali Hasan, 25, of Maroon Street, both in Stepney Green, London – at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.
Det Ch Insp Mike Hamer – following the sentencing of 16 of their fellow drug dealing gang members in August – said: “Removing these men from our streets is an incredible result for the community.
“They were all linked to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and putting them in jail will severely disrupt the supply of drugs in the area.”
Judge Nigel Peters QC heard in last month’s hearings how the gang operated five phone lines with addicts using BT phone boxes which don’t charge for the first few minutes of calls to arrange deals.
The trio were jailed following raids by 300 police officers on 50 addresses in a joint operation between Tower Hamlets Council, the Metropolitan Police and housing associations targeting gang members in June and July.
Officers seized £60,000 cash, four stun guns and more than half a kilo of Class A drugs in the dawn raids.
They have led to 27 men being sentenced so far with combined prison terms totalling 73 years.
In the past two months 33 men and four male youths have pleaded guilty to more than 70 drug offences linked to the investigation.
John Biggs – the mayor of Tower Hamlets – vowed that the council would push for the strongest penalties for people who peddle drugs in the borough following last month’s convictions.
Cllr Asma Begum, the council’s community safety chief, said: “Drug dealing is a blight in our community. It is a priority to disrupt the drug markets in the borough.”
Islam was jailed for two years and four months while Ahmed and Hasan were imprisoned for two years and eight months each.
Ten men who pleaded not guilty are due to go on trial later this year.