Drug dealers sentenced to more than 49 years

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Sixteen men from Tower Hamlets have been jailed for a combined total of more than 49 years following a four-month covert surveillance operation. 

The men appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday having previously pleaded guilty to charges relating to the supply of Class A drugs in the borough.

They were arrested during a series of raids in June and July. This comes as part of a long-term crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and anti-social behaviour in the Whitechapel area. 

The operation, known as ‘Continuum’ is a partnership operation between police, Tower Hamlets Council and local housing associations.

A total of 49 individuals have been charged in connection with the investigation, and over the past two months, 32 men and three male youths have pleaded guilty to over 70 drug offences. 

An additional 10 individuals arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on bail. 

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More than 300 officers were involved in the raids, led by Tower Hamlets detectives, with additional support from the Territorial Support Group (TSG), surrounding boroughs and the Met’s Dog Unit.

During searches of more than 50 addresses, officers seized over £60,000 in cash, over half a kilo of Class A drugs and four stun-guns.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hamer, Tower Hamlets Crime, Gangs and Drugs lead, said: "I am very pleased with the results of this first wave of sentencing. Sixteen men have received a total of more than 49 years in prison in today’s hearings alone. Removing these men from our streets is an incredible result for the local community and London as a whole. 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.

“Operation Continuum responds to significant community concerns by targeting drug dealers, as well as providing addiction support for drug users. By tackling drug dealing in the area we can continue to have a positive and long term impact on related crimes such as violent crime and anti-social behaviour.

"The continued support of our community is essential to achieve these results and I would like to thank those in our community for providing us with ongoing support. I hope these sentences demonstrate that our actions, in conjunction with Tower Hamlets Council, show we continuously act on their concerns.
“We will continue to dismantle crime, prosecute those people who defy the law and safeguard our community. There is more good news to come, as a large number of other males await sentencing or trial.”

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This is a great result for Tower Hamlets. Residents have told us that anti-social behaviour and crime associated with drugs is one of their biggest concerns, and our work with the police is tackling this head on. 

“Our joint message to drug dealers is clear – we will push for the strongest penalties for those who peddle drugs in the borough. 

“We will also continue to support those who are victims of drug dealing. We have some of the best services in London to support people with substance misuse issues and we will continue to do all we can to help them turn their lives around.”

Councillor Asma Begum, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, added: “Drug dealing is a blight in our community and it is a priority for the council and the police to disrupt the drug markets in the borough.

“Our partnership work with the police is taking hundreds of drug dealers off the streets and we will continue to maximise our resources to make our streets safer.” 


Those sentenced on Friday include:

Habibur Rahman, 22 (16.12.95) of Swaton Road, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to two years ten months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Raja Miah, 23 (17.3.95) of Trafalgar Gardens, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Jamile Hussain, 24 (07.04.94) of Shadwell Garden, Tower Hamlets was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

Oliur Rahman, 23 (04.10.94) of Chapman Street, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, possession to supply crack cocaine and heroin and the possession of criminal property. 

Rakib Uddin, 19 (18.10.98) of Robert Sutton House, Tarling Street, Tower Hamlets was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin. 

Soliman Rabie, 18 (02.11.99) of Hoover Tower, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to four years and eight months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and dangerous driving. 

Abu Taher Siddiki, 24 (17.11.93) of Galsworthy Avenue, Tower Hamlets was sentenced to two years and 10 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine, the supply of heroin and possession of criminal property.

Rohel Ahmed, 31 (30.03.87) of Azov House, Commodore Street, Tower Hamlets was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin. 

Imthiaz Islam, 21 (29.12.96) of Beccles Street, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 8 June to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Mohammed Ahmed, 25 (12.02.93) of Bacon Street, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to two counts of the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of criminal property.

Rashiq Uddin, 26 (08.05.92) of Hazledene Road, Ilford was sentenced to three years and one months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine. 

Enamur Rahman, 22 (14.08.96) of Brecon House, Ordell Road, Tower Hamlets was sentenced to three years and one months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin. 

Mohammed Mohibur Rahman, 22 (23.09.95) of St Paul's Way, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Ahmadur Rahman, 21 (18.09.96) of no fixed address, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 5 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

Abdul Aziz, 39 (29.09.78) of Miah Terrace, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 10 July to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin. 

Akbor Hussain, 24 (19.03.94) of Halley Street, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 11 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. 

Four males had already been sentenced for their part as follows:

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 12 months’ detention at Stratford Youth Court on 28 June after pleading guilty to the supply of crack cocaine and to the supply of heroin 

A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 12 months’ supervision order at Stratford Youth Court on 26 July after pleading guilty on the same day to the supply of cocaine. 

Adbul Hasnath, 42 (14.12.75), of no fixed address was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment on 16 August after pleading guilty on 26 July to the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property. He was found not guilty of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine – this will lie on file.

A 17-year-old boy was sentenced to a 12 month intensive referral order on Thursday, 16 August at at Thames Magistrates' Court after pleading guilty on the same day to three counts of supplying crack cocaine and three counts of supplying heroin.

A further 14 men who pleaded guilty last month are due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 23 August for sentencing. 

Atefur Rahman, 18 (10.3.00) of Beadnell House, Cable Street, Tower Hamlets is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 14 June to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin.

Mohammed Sherwaan Chowdhury, 18 (23.10.99) of Sidney Street, Tower Hamlets is due to be sentenced to on 27 September after pleading guilty on 8 June to the supply of crack cocaine, the supply of heroin and possession of criminal property.

Muhammed Ali Hassan, 25 (18.03.93), of no fixed address was arrested and charged on Tuesday, 17 July with the supply of crack cocaine and heroin. He appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court and has been bailed to appear on a future date for a pre-trial hearing.

Eleven men pleaded not guilty to drug offences and have been remanded in custody to appear for trial later in the year.

Posted on Monday 20th August 2018