Barking gang member jailed for heroin possession

Police have foiled a drugs operation in which dealers planned to flood the street of London with hundreds of pounds worth of heroin.

Four men were sentenced to a total of 34 years behind bars at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday after being convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin with a street value of �200,000.

Wale Edeh, 27, of Westrow Drive, Barking, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and to possession of a stun gun, was jailed for six years and nine months.

Shane Drew, 23, of Welshpool House, Hackney, and Charles Jimmy, 27, of Langbourne House, Effra Parade, Brixton both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin for which they received nine years each.

Hamad Khan, 22, of Fraser Road, Edmonton was found guilty at the same court on December 9, for conspiracy to supply heroin.

He received a 10-year prison sentence plus a further four years to run consecutively for an unrelated matter.

The court heard the four were being tracked by specialist officers from the Met’s Trident unit when they were spotted driving in two separate vehicles to an address in Woodford High Road.

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Drew, Edeh and Jimmy were seen entering a property before leaving with a large bag.

They approached Khan, who had been waiting in a car nearby.

Officers stopped the four and discovered that the bag contained three large blocks of heroin.

They also found a stun gun with Edeh, and uncovered further class A drugs and �1,000 in cash during a search at Drew’s address.

According to the police, the total drugs seized, including those from Drew’s address, had a street value of �400,000.

Det Con Jim Casey, of Trident, said: “These convictions follow a lengthy and meticulous operation designed to tackle the dealing of drugs on the streets of north east London.

“The men were extremely organized and were clearly prepared to handle large quantities of heroin without a thought for the lives and communities they would go on to destroy.”