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Seven people jailed following drugs operation

News   •   Nov 14, 2018 13:22 GMT

Seven people charged with drugs offences after pre-planned raids across north London have been jailed for a total of more than 22 years.

The following defendants were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, 12 November:

- Shannon Robertson, 24 (26.09.94) of Oak Avenue, N17 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug. He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

- Kjell Henry-Sobers, 27 (11.11.91) of Bayston Road, N16 pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy of supply Class A drugs, and three counts of supplying Class A drugs. He was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment.

The following defendants were sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 13 November:

- Jerrell Rose-Smith, 23 (07.01.95) of Seven Sisters Road, N4 pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying a Class A drug, and one count of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. He was sentenced to two years and 10 months’ imprisonment.

- Altan Gultekin, 29 (01.12.88) of Katherine Close, N4 pleaded guitly to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

- Koby Milton, 19 (24.02.99) of Portland Rise, N4 pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs. He was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment.

- Shane Appleby, 20, of Morning Lane, E9, pleaded guilty to nine counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class A/B drugs, and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

- Simone Di Bernardo, 19 (19.06.99) of Portland Rise N4, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug, possession of Class A drugs, and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months.

The combined sentences total 22 years and eight months. Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) were also imposed for each of the defendants.

The defendants were arrested during early-morning raids in September at addresses in and around the Stoke Newington area under Operation Ballymore, part of a wider intelligence-led operation by Hackney Police’s Gangs Unit which started in January.

It was launched in response to a rise in gang-related violence linked to drugs in the borough. The operation resulted in 35 arrests, 27 of whom (including these seven defendants) were later charged. So far, 13 people have been jailed.

Detective Sergeant Matt Webb, of the Hackney Gangs Taskforce, said: “The sentences passed against these individuals show the gravity and seriousness of the offences. The peddling of drugs leads to suffering for those who are dependent on these substances and to the local community who are forced to tolerate the associated anti-social behaviour.

“I would like to thank my team for their concerted efforts during the course of this long term operation. The weight of the evidence we gathered during the investigation led to these defendants entering guilty pleas, and in the longer term it has resulted in a reduction in associated violence.

“The Metropolitan Police Service will not tolerate drugs supply and associated gang violence on the streets of London. Our message to gangs is that you do not own the streets, and we are carrying operations like this across London every day in our effort to make affected communities better places to live and be by targeting gangs and those involved in criminality.”