Congratulations to Camden Police – Bloomsbury Drug Dealers Jailed

Backdated from previous BA website

Bloomsbury is a safer place after this successful police operation. Five drug dealers operating in Camden have been jailed for a total of sixteen years and eight months.

Five drug dealers operating in Camden have been jailed for a total of sixteen years and eight months.  On Friday 10th November 2006 three of the dealers were sentenced to ten years and eight months and two others received custodial sentences totalling six years on Friday 27th October 2006.  Anti Social Behaviour Orders of five years were each given to three of the five defendants and three of them were recommended for deportation after they have served their sentences.

Camden Police’s Crime Squad and the Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team had been conducting an intelligence-led operation for four months in and around Bedford Square, Gower Street, Montague Place and Bedford Avenue, where drug dealing was known to be taking place, with users travelling specifically to the area to buy crack cocaine and heroin.

Three of the dealers pleaded guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 13th October 2006 and on 10th November 2006 received the following custodial sentences;

Angelita Forsyth, aged 28 years (11/06/1978) of no fixed abode was sentenced to four years for supplying Class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.  She was also given a five year Anti Social Behaviour Order and was recommended for deportation back to Jamaica, her home country, following her release from prison.

Tennetta Reid, aged 27 years (20/06/1979) of no fixed abode was sentenced to three years and six months for supplying Class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.  She was also given a five year Anti Social Behaviour Order and was recommended for deportation back to Jamaica, her home country, following her release from prison.

Teresa Hyman, aged 28 years (16/10/1978) of no fixed abode was sentenced to three years and two months for supplying Class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.  She was also given a five year Anti Social Behaviour Order and was recommended for deportation back to Jamaica, her home country, following her release from prison.

On passing sentence, Judge R.J. Winstanley stated that these women had only thought about themselves and he commented on the “horrendous affect” they had had on the residents of Bloomsbury and how they showed no concern for the local community or those who they supplied to.  He also said that being women with children dealing in Class A drugs, they thought that they could hide from the judicial system and be more difficult to deal with.  The fact that they used this as a defence, he found to be an “aggravating feature”.  He described them as being “pernicious individuals.”

Two other dealers working alongside the women pleaded guilty on 8th September 2006 and were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 27th October 2006;

Michael Gowie, aged 28 years (3/01/1978) of no fixed abode was arrested and charged on 11th August 2006 with supplying crack cocaine and theft.

He received a custodial sentence of three years and six months for supplying cocaine and three years and six months to run co-currently for theft.  He also received a full Anti Social Behaviour Order – prevented from possessing drugs paraphernalia, entering Camden Town, King’s Cross, Covent Garden, Soho.

Cherrie Robinson, aged 31 years (13/03/1975) of no fixed abode was arrested on 8th August and charged on 9th August 2006 with supplying crack cocaine.

She received a custodial sentence of two years and six months.  She also received a full Anti Social Behaviour Order – prevented from possessing drugs paraphernalia, entering Camden Town, King’s Cross, Covent Garden, Soho.

DS Sean Tuckey, Camden Police’s Crime Squad said, “This is an excellent result involving the Crime Squad, Bloomsbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team and in partnership with Camden Council. This result would not have been possible without the support of the local community and businesses. those members of the community that assisted us have noticed an improvement in their quality of life and they have told us it is the best it has been for many years.”

Sgt Darren Bone, from Bloomsbury’s Safer Neighbourhood Team said, “The community expressed their concerns to us about drug dealers in the area and by working in partnership with the local council, we have successfully removed a considerable number of these criminals from the streets – and for a very long time.

He added, “The sentences handed down should also serve as a warning to others that when they get caught, the punishment will be severe.  In addition, the fact that some of these offenders have also received life-time ASBOs and some will also be deported once they have served their sentences, means they can never trouble these communities again.”

Camden Police

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