Drug dealer involved in influx of Class A drugs into Harlow jailed

Crime / Fri 22nd Sep 2023 at 12:05pm

A DRUG dealer who was involved in the influx of harmful Class A drugs into west Essex has been jailed for his role in a county lines operation.

An extensive investigation involving analysis of mobile phones and text messages linked Sonny Ali-Malpeli, 22, to the KASH drug line.

Essex Police said: “We found he was involved in a drug dealing operation, which saw drugs collected from Enfield and sold to users in Harlow and Waltham Abbey.

On 12 April, officers with our specialist Op Raptor team executed warrants at six addresses in Chingford and Waltham Abbey, and made a number of arrests.

Ali-Malpeli was arrested and found with a drug line phone.

Officers seized a number of items from the addresses, including drugs and weapons.

A machete was recovered from the bedroom of Ali-Malpeli. He made a significant comment once in police custody, disclosing he always carried a large knife for protection whenever he leaves his home.

“As part of our enquiries, an address in Waltham Abbey was identified as being the home of a Class A drug user.

We found the KASH drug line had used this address as a base to supply drugs – a practice commonly known as ‘cuckooing’.

Ali-Malpeli, of Cornwall Place, London, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class A substance and appeared for sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday 20 September.

“He was sentenced to 31 months’ imprisonment”.

The hearing was told the offender became involved through a drug debt, but the judge said he had “no doubt” he was also motived by financial gain.

DC Emily Larkin, of the Operation Raptor Harlow team, said:

“The supply of drugs into the county causes significant harm to the communities we strive to protect.
“Through the proactive work of officers, we’ve taken another dealer off of the streets.

“We will continue to disrupt county lines into Essex by targeting all criminals along the supply chain, even if they’re based outside of Essex.
“And while enforcement plays an important role, we also want to support those wishing to seek help.
“Although it may not feel like it, it’s never too late to get out of a dangerous lifestyle.

“These warrants were executed following reports of an influx of drug supply in parts of west Essex.
“When we receive intelligence concerning such activity, we take those reports extremely seriously and residents can feel safe in the knowledge we will do something about it.
“Drug supply often brings with it exploitation, the grooming of vulnerable people and violence.

“Protecting those at risk of being used by gangs is central to our work and these seizures have seen the removal of a number of drugs and dangerous weapons from our streets.”

Co-accused Lisa Gilbey, 46, of Acorn Close, London, has admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of a Class A substance and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Two other defendants arrested as part of this investigation remain on bail and are due to face a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on 22 January.

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10 Comments for Drug dealer involved in influx of Class A drugs into Harlow jailed:

2023-09-22 13:24:25

Oh look, someone from London ruining this once great town, who would've guessed. Starting to see a pattern here. Also, 31 month's is nothing, he'll be out in half of that on good behaviour then go straight back to it because the debt he owes to those who supposedly "made him" do it is still active. But it's ok you keep housing London rejects and see just how well that goes in the years to come.

2023-09-22 14:42:10

Tip of the iceberg that's from the London filth that's blighting our once lovely town, mind you it's no wonder he took the wrong path with those eyes, he didn't know which path to take!!

2023-09-22 19:42:14

Here we go again another thug sentenced to a lenient term of imprisonment. A thirty one month custodial sentence means in reality that he will be released after just serving half of that. What an utter disgrace that the judges impose such a sentence what ever dickhead done this should be put on gardening leave as he/she is totally incapable of passing a sentence that fits the crime. It is no wonder that the rank and file of the police force are tearing their hair out. These idiots need retraining now. Can someone please explain to me and these dickhead judges the meaning of the governments policy of tough on crime and the causes of crime because this does not exist. This thug ali-maipeli has admited to carrying a long knife every time he goes out for protection. You may ask why this thug needs to do this. Well the simple answer is that he is a thug and is prepared to kill someone so he can benefit from crime. So what are our esteem leaders doing about it. Halfon should be up front here demanding a massive increase in this thugs sentence but as he does not personally benefit he slids back down his hole. He was elected to represent the needs of harlow people but as usual has failed again. What i would like to know is this thug british or a immigrant. If an immigrant will he be deported after sentence. I do not think so as it will no doubt effect his human rights. What ever happened to the tory policy of a mandatory life sentence for carrying a concealed weapon. Halfon why do you constantly need prompting. Does not the knife angel prick your conscience.

OldBoy Harlow
2023-09-22 20:37:39

They definitely need to tight up the drug supply in Harlow. The town centre has a lot of potential, but all the betting shops and pawn brokers attracted the wrong kind of crowd that just lingers around there and makes everyone feel uncomfortable. Also, the Council should install CCTV around Latton Common. A lot of shady figures hanging around there, dumped vehicles and fly-tipping, lots of people coming around to pick little packets from cars at all times of the day...

2023-09-22 21:38:54

Hopefully this doesn't cause a drought!!

Luke Burton
2023-09-22 23:53:31

Beyond disgusting.

2023-09-23 07:51:12

The punishment for any crime should make committing the crime not worth it. These short sentences are no deterrent. These county lines drug dealing gangs are a terrible blight on our country. Those involved need to be severely punished or it'll just carry on - because it's worth it for them.

2023-09-23 08:57:45

31 months huh... that's a good joke innit? No wonder all the filth from London is ruining our lil town.

Mr McGuffin
2023-09-23 18:40:57

31 Months is a absolute joke! We need a full crackdown on these unsavoury individuals!

Jack Garbutt
2023-09-23 21:11:51

Ben Mitchell killed my cat

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