Seven youths arrested in Operation Cortez involving Wandsworth police officers
Seven youths who earlier pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs were sentenced on Monday at Kingston Crown Court.
Judge Southwell said:
“It just shows what happens in a community when drugs are being passed around. Here's a group, some of them very young, facing custody because of it.”
The court heard how 21 year old Amir Ebrahimi, of Cathcart Road, coordinated the operation from his home in Chelsea while “runners”, one of whom was only 15, carried out the work. Ebrahimi, boasted that he was “the controller” and spent a total of £2,700 on taxis from Chelsea to Roehampton to visit his “runners” on a daily basis. He used a mobile phone to take drug orders before dispatching runners to deliver them.
Amir Ebrahimi pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and converting criminal property and was sentenced to 40 months.
Ama Mohammed, 21, of Sherfield Gardens, and Victor Brandao, 21, of Ellisfield Drive, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and were sentenced to 36 and 33 months respectively. One 15-year-old, one 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Detective Superintendent Gerry Campbell said:
“I am delighted with the success of this operation and the fact that the defendants pleaded guilty, which is a clear illustration of the quality of the evidence gathered against them. “Police in Wandsworth are committed to listening and responded to the concerns of local people and we are dedicated to making the borough a safer place. To this end we will continue to work effectively with local people, community groups, the local authority and other statutory agencies”.
“We will continue to work together to identify, arrest and seek the prosecution of those people who deal in drugs and otherwise cause harm within our community”.
Detective Sergeant Andy Chandler added:
"These sentences, along with the proceeds of crime cash seizures, send out a clear message to anyone involved in drug dealing within the borough of Wandsworth that we are fully committed to tackling drug supply and associated anti social behaviour. “
August 25, 2010