Video: Brent men sentenced for drug dealing in the West End

Stephens was sentenced to 16 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of supplying class A drugs

Stephens was sentenced to 16 months after he pleaded guilty to one count of supplying class A drugs and one count of offering supply class A drugs. - Credit: Archant

Two men from Brent have been sentenced for their roles in a gang that flooded the streets of Soho with drugs.

Mark Best, 49, was jailed for one year after pleading guilty to one count of supplying class A and

Mark Best, 49, was jailed for one year after pleading guilty to one count of supplying class A and a count of offering to supply class A. - Credit: Archant

Julian Stephens, 39, of Pound Lane, Willesden, and Farah Abid, 28, of Neeld Crescent, Wembley, belonged to the 40-strong mob who peddled heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis in the West End.

Joris Brady was jailed for two years and four months and given a sevem-year long Asbo

Joris Brady was jailed for two years and four months and given a sevem-year long Asbo - Credit: Archant

Last week at Southwark Crown Court, Stephens was sentenced to 16 months he pleaded guilty to one count of supplying class A drugs and one count of offering supply class A drugs.

The 40-strong gang flooded the streets of Soho with drugs

The 40-strong gang flooded the streets of Soho with drugs - Credit: Archant

Abdi was handed down a year sentence suspended for a year after he admitted one count of offering to supply Class B drugs, one of offering to supply Class A drugs, one count of supplying class A drugs and three counts of supplying class B drugs.

Both were convicted last month.


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Two other men from Brent were also convicted and sentenced last month for their roles in the gang.

Joris Brady, 31, of St John’s Road, Wembley, was jailed for two years and four months after admitting six counts of supplying class A drugs, and Mark Best, 20, of Loveridge Road, Kilburn, was sentenced to a year in after pleading guilty to one count of supplying class A drugs and a charge of offering to supply class A drugs.

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Both were also given five-year Asbos.

The remaining 36 members were convicted of a variety of drug offences.

Alison Newcomb, Westminster Borough Commander, said: “Drug dealing on the streets of the West End or in any part of London cannot and will not be tolerated. Put quite simply, if you are coming to the West End to buy or sell drugs, you need to think again.

“You will be targeted, you will be arrested and you will be charged and put before the court.”

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