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Drug dealer caught with 70 kilograms of cocaine jailed

News   •   Mar 22, 2019 12:25 GMT

A total of £85,000 and 70 kilograms of cocaine were found at a property in Romford.

A 54-year-old drug dealer found with 70 kilograms of cocaine after police were called to a violent incident at a property in Romford has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Paul Pardon (24.12.64) of Heather Gardens, Romford pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of firearm and ammunition during a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, March 15 after £85,000 of cash, an estimated £6 million worth of cocaine, and a revolver were found at his property last year.

He was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday, 21 March.

Police were called to a residential property in Romford in September 2018 after receiving a 999 call stating that masked men had broken into Pardon’s address with an axe, wounding him in the process.

During a subsequent search of Pardon’s property, officers found the cash, drugs and a firearm and he was arrested and charged as a result.

Inspector Pete Moxham, from the Violent Crime Taskforce, said: “We are pleased with the sentence that Pardon has received.

“This case came about as the result of a significantly violent incident which was directly related to drug dealing. The large amounts of cash, drugs and the firearm, which was loaded and cocked ready for use when it was discovered, just underline the direct link to violence that often unfortunately accompanies the drug trade.

“Due to his involvement in the sale of class A drugs, Mr Pardon was on the receiving end of the violence on this occasion when the temptation of large amounts of cash and drugs led people to his door.

“Tackling violence within the capital is the Met’s priority and those who are involved in instigating or exacerbating the problem be that through drug dealing, exploitation or other activities should expect to be dealt with in a robust manner. We will not tolerate violence within our communities.

Following Pardon’s conviction a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will be held to determine what cash and assets he has obtained through illegal activity and cannot be accounted for through legitimate channels. Any money or assets the court believe have been acquired as the result of illegal activity will be seized.

Inspector Moxham continued: “The public can play a significant and vital role in dealing with violent and drug crime in their communities.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have information about people they suspect might be involved in dealing drugs or in possession of weapons. You can contact us via the 101 number and any information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

“However, we understand that some people might not be comfortable speaking to police. Should that be the case you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. It is totally anonymous. They never ask your name, trace your call or your I.P address and you could earn a cash reward.

“By passing on information, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, you can help us build a picture and prevent drug crime and violence within your community. The police, our partners and the public need to work together to stop violent crime.”