Dealers jailed in drugs trial

PUBLISHED: 11:33 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 25 August 2010

FIVE drug dealers whose boss allegedly supplied free narcotics to a 'corrupt' police officer's wife in return for secret information have been jailed for a total of 15 years and nine months.

FIVE drug dealers whose boss allegedly supplied free narcotics to a 'corrupt' police officer's wife in return for secret information have been jailed for a total of 15 years and nine months.

Syed Imitiaz Ahmed, 31, is suspected of striking up a deal with the cop while heading a cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis delivery service across south London.

Southwark Crown Court heard PC Mark Bohannan, 46, was suspected of handing Ahmed confidential police records in exchange for class A drugs for his 55-year-old wife Denise.

The probe into allegations of police corruption led to 'Taz' Ahmed's lucrative ring being smashed.

Bohannan and his wife, who vehemently deny any wrongdoing, will be tried separately in January next year.

Ahmed admitted he was 'the main man' in the drug cartel and is now serving a four year prison sentence.

Ali Sadrettin, 21, of Steynton Avenue, Bexley, one of Ahmed's 'runners' was convicted of a plot to supply class A drugs and four separate counts of selling drugs to undercover cops and was jailed for four years and three months.

Recruiter Adam Cornwill, 29, of Blackfen Road, Sidcup, was earlier caged for five years and fellow dealers Brian Allen, 26, Perry Lupton, 22, and 21-year-old Scott Gunn each got three-and-a-half years in prison.

Ahmed's business was so well organised that if a worker wanted to leave they were asked to give a month's notice.

Sadrettin, a trainee electrician who was earning £300-a-week legally, claimed he only became involved after Ahmed threatened to hurt him and his family if he refused - a defence rejected by jurors.

Sadrettin showed no reaction to his sentence but waved back at supporters in the public gallery as he was led from the dock.

He was found guilty of a conspiracy to supply class A and C drugs, and four counts of supplying drugs to undercover police.

Cornwill and Lupton, of Acorn Close, Chingford and Allen of Halfway Street, Sidcup admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply class A and class C drugs.

Gunn, of Peel Street, Maidstone, admitted to a conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A seventh man Cliff Hook, 40, from Gravesend, was earlier jailed for 21 months after admitting looking after the drugs and 'stashing them' when Ahmed became worried the police were onto him.


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