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Four men charged with drugs offences

Detectives have charged four men with drug offences as part of an operation to crackdown on those supplying drugs in Tower Hamlets.

Officers from Central East’s Gangs Taskforce executed warrants at five residential properties in Tower Hamlets and one in Peckham on the morning of Wednesday, 30 November.

As a result, the following four people were arrested and subsequently charged:

[A] Leban Abdi, 25 (11.08.97), Saxon Road, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin) and being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs (cannabis)

[B] Suraj Sanusi, 19 (27.12.02) of Aqua Vista Square, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin)

[C] Hany Hanoon, 39, of Haymerle Road, Southwark, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin)

[D] Gary Byfield, 40 (16.02.82), of Whitton Walk, Tower Hamlets, was charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin)

They appeared in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 1 December. Abdi and Sanusi were remanded in custody and Hanoon and Byfield were bailed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 4 January.

+ The charges are the result of Operation Continuum, an intelligence-led, phased operation established in response to ongoing reports of drug supply, drug use and associated criminality in Hackney and Tower Hamlets.

Since March this year, the days of action have resulted in 93 arrests and more than 150 charges for drugs supply offences and 95 warrants have been executed.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team and Operation Continuum, working jointly with drugs outreach and treatment teams from the local authority, will be conducting patrols on Thursday, 1 December in all the areas impacted by the warrants. This will be to provide reassurance and crime prevention support and advice and to focus on drugs hotspots in order to engage with those using drugs and refer them into treatment.

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