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Drug-dealing Erith man was 'ringleader' who used vulnerable man's home to deal heroin

PUBLISHED: 10:28 11 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:28 11 July 2016

Tristan Aarons

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Two men were sentenced earlier this month

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Two men who stole a vulnerable man’s key to his own home so they could deal heroin have been jailed.

Erith’s Tristan Aarons, 26, was found guilty with intent to supply heroin with George Browne, 21 of Chatham Place, Hackney.

Police stormed an address in Greenwich in December last year, after they were told drugs were being sold there.

Three men were found inside the address in squalid conditions.

Browne and Aarons were in the lounge, with the 60-year-old resident of the property confined to his bedroom.

The defendants had taken his key from him and were forcing him to knock at his own door to get in.

They used his home to run their drug-dealing business.

Police discovered just under a gram of heroin hidden in a make-up bag along with £1,300 cash between the two men.

A large hunting knife was also found at the scene.

In court, Aarons claimed the cash was from his work as a car salesman, but later came up with a different story.

Phone evidence linked both Aarons and Browne to drug dealing at the address.

A Met Police spokesperson called Aarons the ‘ringleader’

PC Craig Johnson, of Greenwich’s Proactive Disruption Team, said: “I am extremely happy with the outcome of this case. Aarons and Browne took over a vulnerable man’s address in order to conduct their drug dealing business. They have shown little or no remorse for the embarrassment and distress they caused. The occupant has since been rehoused.

“Officers from the Proactive Disruption Team will continue to target and disrupt drug dealing in Greenwich and I would encourage any members of the public with information about this type of activity to contact police.”

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