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Man jailed for drugs offences

News   •   Oct 22, 2019 16:45 BST

[Jailed: Alex Rocha]

A drug dealer has been sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty. 

Alex Rocha, 24 (28.08.95) of Church Street Estate, NW8 appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, 21 October where he pleaded guilty to the following:

- Three counts of supplying Class A drugs;
- One count of breaching of a restraining order;
- Two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply;
- One count of possessing criminal property. 

He was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Detective Constable Colin Moore, from the Central West Command Unit, said: “Rocha clearly thought he was above the law, dealing drugs brazenly, and targeting vulnerable people around him for financial gain. 

“His actions will have had a very negative impact within the local community and to wider London as well. 

“I’m happy with this sentence and I hope it sends a message to anyone else involved in dealing drugs that they will be targeted by officers, they will be caught and they will have to face the full impact of their actions in court.”

Rocha was arrested following an operation launched by officers from the Central West Gangs Unit and Territorial Support Group in response to community concerns around drug dealing in the Lisson Green Estate. 

The court heard how on Monday, 19 August a drugs warrant was executed at Rocha’s home.

On searching the property, officers found a large amount of drugs, including almost 400mg of crack cocaine and 255mg of heroin, cash and a number of mobile phones.