Three jailed for drugs offences in Tower Hamlets

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Three men were jailed on Friday, 31 August, for a combined total of seven years and eight months’ imprisonment for numerous drug supply offences in Tower Hamlets, following a four-month covert surveillance operation.

The men, who were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, were convicted following a series of raids and arrests made in June and July in east London. This comes as part of a long-term crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and anti-social behaviour in the Whitechapel area.

Earlier this month, 24 men were sentenced to a combined total of more than 73 years’ imprisonment in relation to the same investigation.

The operation, known as ‘Continuum’, is a partnership operation between police, Tower Hamlets Council and local housing associations.

A total of 50 individuals have been charged in connection with the investigation, and over the past two months, 33 men and four male youths have pleaded guilty to over 70 drug offences.

More than 300 officers were involved in the raids, led by Tower Hamlets officers, with additional support from the Territorial Support Group (TSG), surrounding boroughs and the Met’s Dog Unit.

During searches of more than 50 addresses, officers seized over £60,000 in cash, over half a kilo of Class A drugs and four stun-guns.

Those sentenced on 31 August were:

[B] Salikul Islam, 22 (01.06.96) of Singlewell Road, Gravesend, was sentenced to two years and four months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 7 June to two counts of the supply of heroin and crack cocaine.

[A20] Taukir Ahmed, 21 (07.12.96) of Ernest Street, Tower Hamlets, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty on 26 July with supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

[A22] Muhammed Ali Hasan, 25 (18.03.93), of no fixed address, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty today to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Ten men pleaded not guilty to drug offences and will appear in court for trial later in the year.

The following six men are due to be sentenced on 27 September:

[Z] Mahmudur Hassan, 23 (11.11.94) of Clearbrook Way, Tower Hamlets, is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 11 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

[T] Atefur Rahman, 18 (10.3.00) of Beadnell House, Cable Street, Tower Hamlets is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 14 June to the supply of crack cocaine and the supply of heroin.

[M] Mohammed Sherwaan Chowdhury, 18 (23.10.99) of Sidney Street, Tower Hamlets is due to be sentenced to on 27 September after pleading guilty on 8 June to the supply of crack cocaine, the supply of heroin and possession of criminal property.

[A5] Dilshad Chowdhury, 47 (15.02.71) of Brady Street, Tower Hamlets, is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 19 July to the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

[A9] Ruhel Hussain, 18 (26.04.00) of Smithfield Court, Cable Street, Tower Hamlets, is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 26 July to the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine.

[A3] Konstantinos Tsoukanas, 36 (15.04.82) of Old Montague Street, Tower Hamlets, is due to be sentenced on 27 September after pleading guilty on 18 July to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin and the supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

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