In March 2009 officers from Hammersmith & Fulham Proactive Robbery Squad detained a man in Goldhawk Road, W12 after being concerned in a drugs transaction. The man who had clear learning difficulties stated that he was being forced to sell drugs by several males who were at his home address.
Officers obtained the necessary authority to enter and search the home address. The three men they found inside put up a fight and struggled violently with police with one suspect jumping through a closed window into the garden to evade capture. He was pursued by officers and detained after a foot chase.
A total of four people were arrested at or near to the premises for Possession with Intent to Supply Drugs and Money Laundering Offences. Officers seized approximately £12,000 worth of Heroin in individual wraps and seized several thousand pounds in cash.
A further investigation was carried out by the Hammersmith & Fulham Financial Investigation Unit whereby several thousand pounds was seized from the bank accounts of the men they’d arrested.
The level of evidence against the four men was overwhelming and two of the males pleaded guilty whilst the other two elected for crown court trial. They were subsequently found guilty and sentenced on the 20th November.
- Mohamed SALEH who pleaded guilty at the trial received 4 years imprisonment
- Danial LOUIS-OPIO-GIRA who pleaded guilty at the trial received 4 years imprisonment
- Andre CAMPBELL who pleaded not guilty at the trial received 7 years imprisonment
- Mamuyowie UBIRIBO who pleaded not guilty at the trial received 7 years imprisonment
This case involved an exceptional level of teamwork with many of the officers working a 23-hour shift after the initial arrests with a further four section 18 searches being completed.
PC Garry Salmon from Hammersmith & Fulham Robbery Squad said, “We have removed a large quantity of drugs from the streets and made a substantial seizure of cash from the premises and the suspects bank accounts. We will continue to take a tough stance against any person who sells drugs and have powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize cash”
I find this case sickening – a vulnerable man with learning difficulties taken advantage of by a group of four thugs who then forced him to sell drugs. Well done again to the Police.