Bungling crooks try to reclaim lost drugs at Barking hotel

BUNGLING drug dealers, who left their stash of cannabis in a hotel room, returned the next day to claim their “left luggage” after realising their mistake.

BUNGLING drug dealers, who left their stash of cannabis in a hotel room, returned the next day to claim their “left luggage” after realising their mistake.

But the men, who booked into the suite in Highbridge Road, Barking, �under their real names, were too late.

A cleaner had found their stash and handed it in to the hotel manager who called police.

So when Gamran Latif, 25, Javed Ahmed, 22, and Faisal Dhalech, 24, �returned to the scene of the crime, officers were already on their way to arrest them.


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Sgt Brian Fry said he could not �believe the ease with which the dealers were tracked down.

“Myself and Pc James Garrett were called down to the scene when the drugs were found,” he said.

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“I remember thinking ‘It won’t be easy to track the dealers down if there are no prints’. We check the booking �details for the room as a matter of course.

“It is quite unbelievable that they used their real names. And then they actually returned to the scene of the crime �expecting the hotel to just hand over the drugs to them.”

Sgt Fry sent the bags of cannabis, worth about �4,000, for forensic testing and fingerprints were easily found by the scene of crime officers.

The fingerprint identification matched the names on the hotel registration and the police knew that they had their men.

“It was easy from there to track down the three dealers’ addresses and arrest them,” added Sgt Fry.

Latif and Ahmed, both from Leyton, and Dhalech, of Leytonstone, were �arrested in February and charged with possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply. They were found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday last week and remanded in custody until a sentencing hearing on November 8.

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