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Shepherd’s Bush drug dealer found with kilogram of heroin and £15k in his flat during raid

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A drug dealer has been handed an 18-year jail sentence after officers investigating drugs supply linked him to the sale of one kilogram of heroin.

Kehinde Mensah, of Greenside Road, W12, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on December 17 for offences including conspiracy to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.

It comes after the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into the drug supply activities of the Encrochat handle known as ‘Bubatunde’. Encrochat is an online network used by criminal gangs.

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Messages established that ‘Bubatunde’ was involved in the supply of Class A drugs, documented with the purchase and sale of one kilogram of heroin.

Police linked ‘Bubatunde’ to Mensah, linking his address and phone number to the device.

Cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine was found at Mensah's home

Cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine was found at Mensah’s home

On January 28 2021, a warrant was executed at Mensah’s home address and more than two kilograms of cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine, and almost £15,000 cash, was discovered.

The 35-year-old was detained at the scene, charged and remanded in custody.

Shortly before his trial, a man handed himself in to police claiming that the drugs found at the property were his.

Police investigations into this man’s claims revealed a ‘crib sheet’ on his phone detailing what he should say to officers and further enquiries provided evidence to challenge his account.

The jury later accepted that he had falsely claimed responsibility to shift the focus from Mensah.

£15,000 was discovered during the raid

£15,000 was discovered during the raid

Mensah pleaded not guilty to all charges and appeared at Isleworth Crown Court to stand trial.

On September 6, Mensah was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply cocaine and crack cocaine and possession of criminal property, specifically cash.

Since launching in the summer of 2020, the Met Police’s “Operation Eternal”, tackling drug-related crime, has resulted in more than 600 arrests, 1156kg Class A drugs recovered and 75 convictions.

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Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane, of the Met’s specialist crime command, said: “Thanks to the thorough investigation by DC Anthony Dunne of the Op Eternal team, the evidence gathered against Mensah was overwhelming and the sentence he has been given reflects both the severity of his actions and his refusal to take responsibility.

“We know there is an inextricable link between drugs and violence in our communities.

“Our work to disrupt all routes of drug supply and prosecute those involved continues to be central to our work to tackle violence on London’s streets.”

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