Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
Operation Cabhat targeted the supply of Class A drugs within Hackney by individuals linked to a gang operating in the N16 area.
On Wednesday, 8 July, at Wood Green Crown Court, three people were sentenced as follows:
– Luchiano Dias, 25 (05.05.95), of Hackney was jailed for four years;
– Edward Smith, 52 (06.05.68), of Hackney was jailed for three-and-a-half years;
– Carlvina Samuels, 33 (12.09.86), of Hackney was jailed for 18 months (suspended for two years).
The investigation, led by officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Team North East, identified a number of people involved in the conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin between the period of 19 March 2019 to 1 October 2019 when a warrant was executed and arrests made.
Each person had a specific role as they worked together as part of the organised crime group (OCG). Dias controlled the drugs line, which users called to make orders, while Smith and Samuels were street dealers who supplied drugs on behalf of the line.
The team seized large amounts of cash as well as Class A drugs, in addition to paraphernalia consistent with the preparation and manufacturing of drugs to be sold at street level. Several mobile phones that were specifically linked to the conspiracy was also found.
The court heard – via a drugs expert witness – that the drugs line was shown to have made between £388,000 and £646,000 over the 196 day conspiracy period.
Detective Constable Justin Dijkstra, the officer in the case, said: “As the investigation progressed Dias was identified as the main controller of the drugs line.
“As part of a planned arrest phase on 1 October 2019, officers from Specialist Crime Team North East and colleagues from other police units executed multiple Section 8 PACE warrants at addresses identified during the investigation. Dias, Smith and Samuels were arrested and subsequently charged for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
“These operations are complex but are worth the time spent on them to disrupt criminals whose actions cause misery to so many. Our enquiries have removed a drugs line and reminded others who are guilty of peddling drugs that we are anything but complacent about stopping their criminal activity.”