Willesden woman and four men sentenced for roles in Kilburn snooker hall drug dealing

Kilburn Snooker aka Poolcrest in Kilburn High Road

Kilburn Snooker aka Poolcrest in Kilburn High Road - Credit: Archant

A woman from Willesden and four men have been sentenced for offences connected to drug dealing from a notorious snooker club in Kilburn.

Police used a circular saw to gain entry into Poolcrest (pic credit: Jan Nevill)

Police used a circular saw to gain entry into Poolcrest (pic credit: Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

All five were arrested following a series of raids at Poolcrest in Kilburn High Road, which a police spokesman previously told the Times is believed to be at the centre of a £1milliom drug-dealing cartel.

Kayleigh Maslona, 24, of Chatsworth Road, was given a conditional discharge for eight months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

Tolgha Yildirim, 23, from Holloway, admitted possession of criminal property, Umit Tezgel, 23, of no fixed address, admitted concerned in the supply of cannabis, Caglar Karacoc, 26, from Edmonton, and Hakan Ates, 24, from Beckton, both admitted allowing premises to be used for the sale of cannabis.

All four were handed down suspended prison sentences.


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Officers raided the first floor venue in November 2012 and February and October last year.

During one of the raids officers seized 130 self-sealed bags of cannabis and around £1,000 in cash resulting in Camden Council stripping the club of its alcohol licence.

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In another raid police were forced to use a circular saw to gain entry through its reinforced door.

Police obtained a closure order in February last year which forced the club to shut for three months.

Acting Detective Sergeant Simon Filer from Brent CID said: “This good work was as a result of cross border working between Brent and Camden police, responding to concerns of both the business owners of the Kilburn High Road and that of the local residents.

“With their support we were able to close the snooker hall down and in turn reduce the crime in the Kilburn High Road.”

A fifth man Ali Guner, 35, from Dalston, admitted possession with intent to supply and will be sentenced on July 17.

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