Video: Four Brent men convicted of being part of Soho drug dealing gang
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Four men from Brent have been convicted of flooding streets in the West End with drugs following a major clampdown the Met.
Joris Brady, 31, of St John’s Road, Farah Abdi, 28, of Neeld Crescent, both in Wembley, Julian Stephens, 39, of Pound Lane, Willesden, Mark Best, 48, of Loveridge Road, Kilburn, were part of a 40-strong gang who peddled heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis in Soho.
Last week at Southwark Crown Court Brady was jailed for two years and four months after admitting six counts of supplying class A drugs.
Best was sentenced to a year after pleading guilty to one count of supplying class A drugs and a charge of offering to supply class A drugs.
Both were also handed down an Asbo banning them from Soho for seven years on their release from prison.
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Stephens and Abdi will be sentenced on September 18 and 19 respectively.
Including Brady a total of 31 men and a woman have been jailed for 62 years combined following the intelligence-led operation targeting drug dealers and associated crime in the area in May this year.
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Like Brady and Best a majority of the defendants have also been given identical Asbo.
Alison Newcomb from Westminster Commander, said: “Drug dealing on the streets of the West End or in any part of London can not 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.”
Click on picture gallery to see the four drug dealers who have been handed down the lengthiest prison senteneces.