Jailed: County lines drug dealers from Tower Hamlets and Brent

PUBLISHED: 22:04 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 23:27 26 October 2018

Left to right: Ismail, Ahmed and Hotak. Pic: Met Police

Left to right: Ismail, Ahmed and Hotak. Pic: Met Police


Three men from Tower Hamlets and Brent have been jailed today for their role in a five-strong county lines drug dealing gang.

Azimi, left, and Islami. Pic: Met PoliceAzimi, left, and Islami. Pic: Met Police

Harrow Crown Court heard Shaban Hotak, 23, of Roman Road, Bethnal Green, Salman Ahmed, 25, of Tudor Court, North Wembley, and 21-year-old Hussein Mohamed Ismail, 21, of Brenthurst Road, Willesden, supplied class A and B drugs in Kent and Surrey.

The court were told they worked alongside Samim Islami, 21, from Chessington, Surrey, and Ahmad Azimi, 22, from Maidstone, Kent, and are believed to have forced young people into dealing drugs for them with threats of violence.

The gang were snared in a proactive operation led by officers, from the Barnet Gangs Unit, who raided a one-bedroom property in the borough on March 1 this year.

All five were at the address and an officer outside filmed Ahmed throwing a bag over the balcony containing packages of crack cocaine and heroin.

In addition wraps of crack cocaine, heroin and a mobile phone were found in the kitchen as well as wraps of class A drugs in the middle of the living room.

All were convicted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs namely crack cocaine and heroin, and class B drug cannabis.

Hotak, Azimi and Ahmed were jailed for five-and-a-half years, Ismail must serve four years in jail and Islami was sentenced to five years.

PC Owen Bateman, of Barnet Gangs Unit, said: “The supply of drugs across London and the Home Counties fuels violence and exploitation, particularly involving young people.

“I hope the lengthy jail sentences handed to these five men will deter those tempted to become involved in drug dealing.

“If you are concerned about a friend or family member involved in gangs ask to be contacted by your local gangs unit by contacting police via 101 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Latest East London News Stories


A traditional rural theatre of ancient Bengal that uses hunting for story-telling through folk opera and dance in a theatrical setting comes to Bethnal Green tomorrow.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.


Former arm-wrestling champ and Whitechapel stallholder Les Clayden is going back to his cockney ‘daisy roots’ to talk about ‘Swimming with Stingrays’.

Since the government’s austerity programme started in 2010, the council’s core funding from government has been cut in real terms by 64 per cent, which equates to £148m.

Yesterday, 18:21

Police have found the body of a missing student with links to east London.

Yesterday, 16:14

The mayor of Tower Hamlets has voluntarily had a blood test for Aids in a council campaign for public awareness for people to take part in HIV Testing Week starting tomorrow.

Yesterday, 13:48

Campaigners have called for support ahead of a national unity demonstration against racism and fascism.

Yesterday, 11:45

Police are appealing for help in finding a vulnerable man who has been missing for more than a week.


Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now