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East London man and woman connected to multi-million drug network convicted

A man from Newham and a woman from Leyton have been found guilty of their roles in a drug supply network.

Bernardo Henrique Salles, 25, of Mercier Court, Silvertown, and Isabella Braga Da Silva, 21, of Trelawn Road, Leyton, were convicted of 14 counts involving conspiracy to supply Class A, B and C drugs at Inner London Crown Court yesterday. 

They were members of a Brazilian organised crime group being investigated by the police which saw “the largest ever seizure of GBL (gamma butyrolactone) in the UK,” according to Detective Inspector, Andy Durham. 

Detectives discovered the gang had a courier network involving 43 mopeds to deliver drugs across London using a dedicated drugs line number.

The group stored the drugs in safe houses which were rented for a brief period before moving onto the next location. 

Officers investigated the group for five months between March and July 2018.

Braga De Silva was stopped and arrested in a car with £500,000 worth of drugs inside in south-west London. 

Police also seized £40,000 cash and drug equipment from the vehicle. This included plastic wrapping and a credit card receiver to handle card transaction. 

Police surveillance linked Salles to the group. He was arrested in Wesley Avenue, Newham, in 20 August 2018.

A series of arrests were also carried out in Newham and Wandsworth. 

£3 million worth of cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, GBL and cannabis was recovered after searches of five properties in London. 

It is estimated the gang sold £2.5 million worth of drugs between 2016 and 2018. 

The verdict was delivered following an eight-week trial. 

Two other people were also convicted, while another man was found not guilty and the jury failed to reach a verdict on a sixth person. 

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