‘Rugby world cup deals, Shop open’: Kingston drug gang jailed after cocaine stash uncovered

Drug dealers who advertised ‘banging product’ with coded texts messages alluding to ‘rugby world cup’ deals were jailed at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

They were convicted for conspiracy to supply class A drugs including a haul of cocaine with a street value of over £13,000.

The criminals used an assortment of mobile phones to send messages like ‘Rugby world cup deals, Shop open, banging product, Deliveries 24.7 wherever you are’.

They also used high value vehicles to transport drugs and were caught last year when an eagle-eyed member of the public alerted police to a stash of cannabis located near to a suspicious BMW.

Detective Inspector Adam Guttridge, of Kingston Borough CID said: “This group have been active in the area of Kingston for some time.

“The negative impact that drug dealers have on an area cannot be underestimated.

“I’m pleased that these men have now been imprisoned and will no longer be selling their drugs on the streets of Kingston.”

In Kingston Crown Court a total of 23 years was handed out to the conspirators, a result for Kingston police working to disrupt the supply and distribution of drugs in the area.

Last summer Suhaib Ibrahim, 24, of Victoria Road, Kingston was driving a BMW with passenger Zachary Souker, 27, when they were stopped by police and arrested after they were linked to drugs found close to the scene.

A subsequent police stop of a Nissan Juke also used by the men unearthed the discovery of cocaine worth a street value of £12,500.

South London teenager, 19-year-old Andre De St Aubin, of Prothero Road, Hammersmith and Fulham, was linked to the ring when police connected him to a moped which contained class A drugs.

He was arrested for possessing 21 wraps of cocaine and received a two and a half year sentence.

On Friday Ibrahim was sentenced to three and a half years and Souker received three years’ imprisonment.

Co-conspirator Marcus Hegarty, 25, from Staines received six years, Mounir Choukri, 24, from Lambeth, received four years four months, and Toren Von Brook-Adams, 24, of Thames Ditton, Surrey a four years two months sentence.

Picture courtesy of Metropolitan Police, with thanks

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