Drug dealers get lengthy prison sentences

Posted on Tuesday 22nd January 2019

ASB imageTwo drug dealers known to the police have been sent to prison for four and a half years each thanks to Tower Hamlets Homes (THH) and partners.  The men received prison sentences for the supply of drugs in the Bethnal Green area.

The arrests were part of a successful ten day THH and partners operation in July last year called Operation Shadow which tackled drug supply and demand in the E2 area. 

 On 3 July 2018 an officer from THH’s anti-social behaviour team and a member of Parkguard Ltd patrol service overheard a telephone conversation on Bethnal Green Road concerning the arrangement of a drug exchange. Police officers from THH’s teams who only operate on our housing estates, were contacted and went to the location of the drug deal.  Police witnessed the deal and arrested known drug dealers for the supply and possession of drugs.

Lee Wayne Carpenter (29) from E2 and Juel Ahmed (23) from E14 were found guilty of supplying a controlled drug of Class A to another person, contrary to section 4(3)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.  Both received sentences of 4 years and 6 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 7 January 2019.

At court statements were given in evidence by THH and Parkguard officers which assisted the conviction and sentence.

Susmita Sen, Chief Executive of Tower Hamlets Homes said;

“Drug dealers should stay away from housing estates that we manage for the council– one overheard conversation has ended up with two of them in prison for a long time.  Working together we will stop at nothing to prevent individuals causing misery to our residents. “

 A spokesperson for the Police said:

“This was part of an intelligence led operation, responding to the concerns of residents regarding the supply and use of drugs in the Bethnal Green area. This partnership approach to problem solving this issue, and the swift action of all involved has resulted in lengthy prison sentences for both males.”

John Biggs Mayor of Tower Hamlets said;

 “Our partnership work with the police is making a real difference in tackling crime on our estates which we know is a huge concern for our residents. This sentence sends out a strong message that with community support criminals can and will be caught.”

Jean-Pierre Rossouw, Head of Services, Parkguard Ltd, said:

“This is an excellent example of some of the work we have been doing in partnership, to tackle anti-social behaviour, quality of life issues and crime on Tower Hamlets Homes housing estates.”


Posted on Tuesday 22nd January 2019