10 December 2013
Four members of a drug dealing network involved in heroin and cocaine trafficking have been jailed for a total of 39 years.
On Tuesday 3 December, Adam Malik, 34, of Lyttleton Road, Leyton, Shaid Saddique, 49, of Kingsdown Road, Leytonstone and Paul Tuohy, 70, of Beachcroft Road, Leytonstone, were all found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs following a two week trial at the Old Bailey.
A fourth man Saquib Mahboob, 32, of Elmwood Road, Slough, previously admitted the same charge.
The court heard how in May investigators watched Malik, the head of the group, deliver around ten kilos of heroin to Tuohy’s flat in Leytonstone. Shortly afterwards Saddique arrived at the same property to pick up some of the drugs.
Saddique then met Mahboob, a drug dealer from Slough, at a nearby pub.
When both men were arrested Mahboob had around two kilos of heroin and a several wraps of cocaine in his possession.
Officers arrested Tuohy at his home on the same day. They found the remaining eight kilos of heroin in a bag under his sink, along with around 60 wraps of cocaine.
The total street value of the seized drugs is estimated at around £3 million.
Malik fled the UK and spent two months on the run abroad, but he was arrested on 12 July as he arrived back into the UK on a Eurostar train.
On Wednesday 4 December a judge sentenced Malik to 15 years in prison for his role as head of the group, while Saddique received 10 years.
Mahboob was sentenced to eight years, and Tuohy got a seven year jail term.
National Crime Agency Branch Commander Mark Bakewell said:
“This criminal network was intent on putting large amounts of class A drugs onto our streets.
“The NCA is determined to put people like this behind bars where they belong.”