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Stratford gang who peddled class A and B drugs jailed for 28 years

PUBLISHED: 14:47 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:07 22 August 2017

Ten men have been convicted of drug offences in total. Picture: Met Police

Ten men have been convicted of drug offences in total. Picture: Met Police

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A gang of Stratford drug dealers has been jailed for more than 28 years following a four-month police operation to catch them.

The ten men received custodial sentences and five-year Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) for class A and B drugs offences and were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

Police caught the men after businesses and community members complained about drug-dealing, anti-social behaviour and intimidation in the Stratford area.

During a four-month investigation, known as Operation Duntroon, officers tracked and secured significant evidence against the men leading to their arrests on July 5.

Ch Supt Ade Adelekan, borough commander for Newham said the operation was very successful.

He said: “We want to reassure the business and the community that dealing drugs in Newham will not be tolerated.

“Drug dealers are harmful to our communities and take advantage of vulnerable people.

“Our operations against this criminality will be tireless and unwavering until we have dismantled this criminal group and reduced crime within the Stratford and New Town ward.”

The sentencings were as follows:

Evanildo Gomes, 26, of St. Andrews House, Barking, was sentenced to three years and 10 months, plus a five-year CBO, for six counts of supplying class A drugs and two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

Tito Cassule, 19, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years and two months, plus a five-year CBO, for six counts of supplying class A drugs.

Joelson Miguel Balde, 21, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years and two months, plus a five-year CBO, for three counts of supplying class A drugs.

Jose Mario Sa, 23, of Horsebridge Close, Dagenham, was sentenced to three years and five months, plus a five-year CBO, for three counts of supplying class A drugs.

Janilson Viera 26, of Cowbridge Lane, Barking, was sentenced to nine months’ in prison suspended for two years, a five-year CBO and 150 hours of community order for five counts of supplying class B drugs and one count of possessing class B drugs.

Claude Greenaway, 24, of Plaistow Road, Stratford, was sentenced to three years and two months, plus a five-year CBO, for two counts of possessing heroin and two counts of possessing crack cocaine.

Terrel Paul, 24, of Marriott Road, Stratford, was sentenced to two years and nine months, plus a five-year CBO, for three counts of possessing heroin and four counts of possessing crack cocaine.

Bruno Da Silva, 23, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to three years and five months, plus a five-year CBO, for one count of supplying cocaine, one count of supplying crack cocaine and two counts of supplying cannabis.

Benedict Larbi, 21, of Flint Close, Stratford, was sentenced to four years, plus a five-year CBO, for one count of possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of a breach of an ASBO.

Rui Santos, 22, of First Avenue, Dagenham, was sentenced to six months’ in prison suspended for two years and 150 hours community work for three counts of supplying cannabis.

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