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Camden New Journal - By PAUL KEILTHY
Published: 31 January 2008
Addicts ‘queued at bus stops for drugs’

Court told how police raided gang’s distribution den

A GANG of dealers sold crack and heroin to queues of drug addicts at bus stops and on estates across Camden until police launched an undercover operation to break up the supply line, a court has been told.
Four men and one woman went on trial at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday facing charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Artley Henry, 24, Wayne Mcleod, 20, and Syretta Elliott, 20, all from south London, along with Matthew Nix, 39, of Boswell Street, Bloomsbury, and Conroy Washington Wilson, 37, of no fixed address, deny the charges.
The prosecution allege that the five conspired with four other men who have pleaded guilty to involvement in a supply network that took in some of the borough’s most troubled estates and involved crack and heroin being sold to queues of punters outside Sainsbury’s supermarket in Camden Road .
Brendan Morris, pros­ecuting, yesterday (Wednesday) outlined how a three-month surveillance operation had traced runners from the gang as they worked on the Maiden Lane, Oakley Square and Regent’s Park estates.
He alleged that Henry, known as “Frostie”, used a property in Waterhead, Regent’s Park, and an­other in Gladwin at Oakley Square as drugs distribution bases.
Police officers raided the Waterhead flat, owned by Kevin Speid, one of the men who has pleaded guilty, on March 27 last year.
Describing the raid, Mr Morris said: “As they came to the living room they can’t get through the door – they with all their brute strength cannot get through that door because people behind it are blocking their entry.
“In the bedroom they find Mr Wilson – noted by officers to have a mouthful of drugs.
“The officer punches him in the face and he spits out a total of 40-plus wraps of heroin and cocaine.
“Under one of the speakers they find 52 wraps, 17 of heroin and 35 of crack. Somebody by the window had managed to throw part of the stash out.”
Henry and Mcleod were sitting side by side on the sofa in the flat, which also contained paperwork showing a running tally of drug sales for the day and drugs being prepared for distribution worth £3,000, Mr Morris alleged.
Describing Henry as the Mr Big, Mr Morris added: “The drugs that come into Camden don’t come in by accident – somebody buys the drugs, somebody brings them in, somebody cuts them up.
“Don’t think that you have to touch the drugs to be guilty. If that were the case the Mr Big would always get off scot-free.”
The trial continues.

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