Drug dealer from Dagenham gets 12 years after dealing cocaine and heroin worth £8million

Carl Butler

Carl Butler - Credit: Archant

A three-month police operation has seen a man jailed for 12 years after dealing cocaine and heroin with a combined street value of more than £8 million.

Carl Butler, 28, of Dagenham, was jailed alongside fellow drug dealers Gent Gasa, 30, an Albanian national of Wembley who was sent down for 20 years and Lukasz Geborys, 31, a Polish national of Finchley who was given 14 years in prison.

The men were jailed on Friday, August 23, for conspiracy to supply class A drugs after an investigation by Met officers led to their arrest earlier this year and subsequent trial at Kingston Crown Court in July.

Det Insp Nick Blackburn, of the Met’s Central Task Force said: “The street value of the drugs seized was £8.4 million.

“Those drugs would have been distributed throughout the streets of London, generating further criminality and fuelling gang activity.”

The trio were observed between November last year and January where police linked them to the haul of cocaine and heroin and later seized 18kg of high purity cocaine and 159g of heroin, some of which was found in Butler’s car boot.

Also discovered was about £40,000 in cash and various drug-related items including weighing scales, a Stanley knife and cling film.

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Geborys and Butler pleaded guilty to their offence early on while Gasa opted to stand trial but was later convicted.

Det Insp Blackburn said: “This excellent result shows our commitment to tackling organised crime in London and to dismantling the networks behind such activity.

“I am pleased with the sentences handed down as they reflect the level at which the network was operating.”