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Group sentenced for drug offences

News   •   Nov 14, 2018 17:18 GMT

A group of men connected to the supply and distribution of drugs linked to ‘chemsex’ have been sentenced at Inner London Crown Court.

Andrew Hume, 48 (10.09.69) of Natal Road, SW16, was found guilty at the conclusion of the trial on 28 September as follows:

- importation of a class C drug (GBL);
- possession with intent to supply a class C drug (GBL);
- possession with intent to supply a class A drug (crystal meth);
- possession of a class C drug (GBL);
- possession of criminal property (undeclared and unexplained cash deposits in bank account totalling £33,000);)
- possession of criminal property (£17,881.75 transferred to a convicted crystal meth dealer).

He was sentenced to a total of three years and nine months’ imprisonment on 13 November.

Nicholas Harman, 36 (22.08.82) of Aldrington Road, SW16 pleaded guilty to the following offences:

- being concerned in the supply of a class A drug (crystal meth);
- being concerned in the supply of a class C drug (GBL);
- possession of a class C drug (GBL);
- possession of a class A drugs (crystal meth);
- importation of a class C drug (GBL);
- offering to supply a class A drug (crystal meth);
- offering to supply a class C drug (GBL);
- possession of a class A drug (MDMA );
- possession of a class C drug (ketamine).

He was sentenced to a total of three years and six months’ imprisonment on 13 November.

James Peter Goldie, 31 (05.04.87) of Aldrington Road, SW16 was pleaded guilty to the following offences:

- being concerned in the supply of a class A drug (crystal meth);
- possession of a class C drug (GBL);
- being concerned in the supply of a class C drug (GBL).

He was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 10 December.

Simon Bennett, 52 (23.02.66) of Natal Road, SW16 pleaded guilty to the following offences:

- possession of a class C drug (GBL);
- possession of a class A drug (crystal meth).

He was found not guilty to possession of class A drugs (cocaine) and permitting the use of a premises to supply class C drugs.

He was given a conditional discharge at court on 28 September.

On Saturday, 10 December, 2016, officers from Lambeth North Problem Solving Team executed a search warrant at a property in Aldrington Road, SW16 after intercepting a parcel containing five litres of a class C drug, GBL.

At the address, Harman and Goldie were arrested. Officers searched the property and found large amounts of class A, B and C drugs.

After searching the Aldrington Road property, officers searched a linked residential property in Natal Road, SW16. At this house, officers found Bennett and Hume.

Both men were arrested for being concerned in the importation of class C drugs. During the search a large amount of class A and C drugs were found.

When officers conducted searches through of phones recovered, they found correspondence detailing a network of drug supply across the whole of London.

Sergeant Dan Garwood, who led the operation, commented: "I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication that the team has carried out over this prolonged period in bringing these dealers to justice.

“As a result of this, as an organisation, we have a greater understanding of the specific issues surrounding the ‘chemsex’ scene and how to support low level users to escape this cycle whilst bringing dealers to justice.

"These particular drugs can cause horrendous physical and mental damage to users and these dealers were profiting from destroying lives. I would urge anyone using these drugs to seek help from the charities and support groups available before it is too late."