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Newham man sentenced to six years for drug offences

The street value of the drugs were estimated to be about £750,000

A man from Silvertown has been sentenced to six years in prison for a number of drug offences. 

Georgis Kefeyalew, 45, appeared at Snarebrook Crown Court on Wednesday 8, September where he was sentenced to nine years imprisonment which was then reduced to six years as a result of the defendant’s guilty plea.

He plead guilty to possession with intent to supply a Class B drug [cannabis], two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs [heroin and crack cocaine], and possession of criminal property.

On Tuesday 30, March officers from Beckton and Royal Docks Neighbourhoods teams, supported by Newham’s Neighbourhood Tasking Team, executed a drugs warrant at a residential address in Silvertown, E16.

They found a large quantity of  Class A and Class B drugs as well as £39,000 in cash which were seized, once the drugs had been analysed they were estimated to have a street value of around £750,000. 

Kefeyalew was arrested at the address and taken to an East London police station on 31 March where he was charged. 

A successful application was made by police to retain the seized funds for use in future operations to target crime and anti-social behaviour.

The case against the defendant and the large seizures of drugs and criminal property were the result of a collaborative investigation by officers from the local CID, Drugs Focus team, Neighbourhoods Policing, Forensic Practitioners and Economic Crime officers.

Sergeant James Mason said: “This investigation has prevented a significant amount of drugs from being sold on the streets of London.

“In addition, the seizure of the cash and the drugs has dismantled what was clearly an organised and brazen drug supply operation and disrupted access to drugs for dealers on a local level.

“Police understand the misery that drugs can bring to local people and the negative affect that it has on neighbourhoods.

“The sentence handed down clearly demonstrates how seriously drug supply is taken and also the positive impact of local communities working with their police service to remove the stain of drugs from the areas where they live, work and raise their families.”

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