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Members of drug gang from Harrow sentenced
Two people have been sentenced as part of a gang linked to the seizure of cocaine with an estimated street value of £2.25million.
Omar Assaf, 33, of Cranleigh Gardens, Harrow, and Jasmine Nahal, 23, of Watford Road, Harrow were sentenced as part of 17-strong gang caught by police after large amounts of the Class A drug were intercepted at addresses across London.
Assaf was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Nahal was also convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and was sentenced to two years imprisonment suspended for two years.
She was also convicted of burglary and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment which was also suspended. She was ordered to carry out 36 hours at an attendance centre and pay £1000 compensation to the victim.
All 17 had appeared at Isleworth Crown Court earlier this year where they were convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering offences.
The discovery of the gang network came about after detectives seized a firearm from an address in Hays, in Hillingdon, in April 2012 which led to the arrest of one of the members.
This then led to the arrests of other members of the gang and officers found one had been using his haulage business based at Aztec Logistics, in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, to ship huge amounts of cocaine into the UK from the continent.
Detective Inspector Chris Heerey, of the Central Task Force, said: “This was a highly organised gang working to import large amounts of relatively pure cocaine before moving it to various storage locations.
“Once prepared and cut for street usage it would be handed over to the smaller scale drug dealers to sell on.
“Once the main gang members were intercepted my team was able to locate the rest of the group as they tried to move the drugs to alternative locations.
“They literally fell like dominoes from the main cocaine importers at the top end right down to the street drug dealers.”
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