Heroin gangsters had a loaded gun

7 March 2011

Three men have been jailed for more than 30 years - and two remain to be sentenced - for the possession and supply of heroin and cocaine with a street value of £11,750.

The group was convicted on March 1 after a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court where the jury heard how, on August 27 last year, police stopped Jacque Skinner as he was leaving a unit in Cable Street, Limehouse.

Officers from the borough's robbery task force forced entry into a unit at Cable Street Studios where they found a drugs factory used to cut, mix and distribute drugs.

They found class A drugs along with more than £10,000 in cash, a bullet proof vest, a loaded handgun and ammunition.

Last week three of the men found inside were convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court and were sentenced on March 2.

Ashley Martin Huggins, 23, of Carr Street, Limehouse, and 25-year-old Shayne Wellington, of Mile End Road, were found guilty of possession of a loaded firearm, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and possession of criminal property. They were each jailed for 12 years.

Leon Ziya-Williams, 25, of Ceres Road, Plumstead, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to seven years and five months in prison.

Jacque Skinner, 21, of Garnet Street, Wapping, was found guilty of possessing a loaded firearm, possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and possession of criminal property.

And Jerome Quintyne, 23, of Radnor Walk, Poplarn was found guilty of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and possession of criminal property.

Both men are due to be sentenced on March 15.

Detective Sergeant Ross Morrell said: "The drugs trade is a violent, dangerous and lucrative business. This result is further evidence of the continued commitment by Tower Hamlets Police to impact upon the supply of drugs and the use of firearms by criminals in London".

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