Jail for Wembley woman caught with cocaine worth £250k

Nicole Douglas

Nicole Douglas - Credit: Archant

A woman from Wembley who was caught cocaine with a street value of £250,000 has been jailed for her role in a plot to flood the streets with drugs and guns.

Babatunde Arogundade

Babatunde Arogundade - Credit: Archant

Nicole Douglas, 28, of Princes Court, was arrested after officers working on intelligence stopped a car in Barnet she was travelling in and seized a kilo of the class A drugs covered in a girl’s birthday wrapping paper in May 2013.

A further search of her home, uncovered a large quantity of a cutting agent which would be used to increase the value of the drugs from £60,000 to up to £250,000.

Douglas’ accomplice Babatunde Arogundade, 28, from Marylebone, was arrested later that month in Hemel Hempstead after detectives stopped a car he was travelling in.

They found a deadly arsenal of firearms in the boot including a handgun, a shortened pump action shotgun and a sawn-off shotgun together with ammunition.

Fred Jones-Lartey

Fred Jones-Lartey - Credit: Archant


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Further inquiries by police linked the seized cocaine to Arogundade and Jones-Lartey, 34, from Bromley, was arrested six months later.

At an earlier trial Douglas admitted conspiracy to supply a controlled drug, Arogundade was convicted of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, possession of loaded firearms and possession of unloaded firearms and Jones-Lartey was found guilty of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

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Last week Douglas was jailed for four years, Arogundade was sentenced to a total of 27 years and Jones-Larty must serve 12 years.

Detective Inspector Keely Smith, investigating officers, said: “This case has prevented six firearms from reaching the streets of London and having potentially lethal outcomes.

“I believe Arogundade was looking to sell the weapons on to those who would be willing to use them.

“This investigation highlights the work my team is doing on a day-to-day basis to keep the community safe.”

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