Three Whitechapel men were jailed for more than 14 years on Friday, 26 May, at Snaresbrook Crown Court after they were found to be running a drugs ‘hotline’ in the Hoxton area.
Arif Ahmed (pictured, right), 21, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for 11 counts of drug-related offences.
Kasru Abdul (left), 23, was sentenced to five years and three months’ imprisonment for five counts of supplying Class A drugs.
Karim Abdul (centre), 21, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for 10 counts of drug-related offences.
Detectives from the Met’s Trident and Area Command carried out an intelligence-led investigation and dismantled a street dealing drug dealing network operating in the Hoxton area.
The three men worked together to provide an order-by-phone drug delivery service that they advertised by passing out contact cards that read: “Magic. Anytime. Anywhere” with a phone number to call. When police checked, the phone was registered to Arif Ahmed.
Detective Sergeant Nick Hamer, of the Met’s Trident and Area Command, said, “There was no caution practiced by this network. Anyone who called the number simply provided their location and the drugs were brought to them.
“Over a one-month period, they served drugs to a number of undercover officers resulting in 21 indictments for supply of drugs including MDMA, ketamine, cocaine and cannabis.
On 6 April officers arrested Arif Ahmed at his home address. During a search of the address officers found around £4,000 cash and a box containing over a hundred business cards relating to the ‘Magic’ hotline. Officers also found six wraps of white powder on Ahmed when they searched him.
Karim Adbul was arrested near Hoxton Square on 6 April after he supplied Class A drugs to two undercover officers. When the car he was driving was searched, officers found a quantity of cash, business cards relating to the ‘Magic’ hotline, 30 wraps of Class A drugs and eight bags of herbal cannabis.
Kasru Abdul was arrested a week later in Romford, Essex on 13 April.
All three defendants provided no comment interviews.
The three appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, 9 May where they pleaded as follows:
- Arif Ahmed pleaded guilty to nine counts of supplying Class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and one count of possession of criminal property.
- Kasru Abdul pleaded guilty to five counts of supplying Class A drugs.
- Karim Abdul pleaded guilty to six counts of supplying Class A drugs, two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and one count of possession of criminal property.