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Five month covert police operation sees 22 people including five from Harlow jailed for more than 160 years

Crime / Sun 17th Dec 2023 at 04:00pm

DETECTIVES from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command carried out a 15 month investigation into an organised crime group’s involvement in the supply of multiple kilos of Class A drugs and firearms.

Officers from the Specialist Crime Command methodically gathered a wealth of evidence of the gang’s involvement in the supply of Class A drugs and firearms leading to the seizure of 200kgs of drugs, and quantities of firearms, ammunition and cash.


Head of the criminal gang Ross Payton employed family and friends including his sister Shainie Payton, her boyfriend Darren Goodge, his uncle Lee Souter, his cousin Jamie Dennison and associate Reece Mort.

The gang travelled across London, the Home Counties and Scotland, transporting drugs, firearms and cash using a fleet of vehicles containing sophisticated hides.

Detective Inspector Nikki Owen, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command Proactive team, who led the investigation said: “The conviction of these individuals will have a significant impact on drugs supply in London and the UK as a whole. Officers worked hard over a protracted period to ensure that this criminal gang was stopped. I am incredibly proud of their efforts to bring these individuals to justice. London is undoubtedly safer because of the team work, dedication and commitment of the Met.

“Alongside significant seizures of class A and B drugs, firearms, cash and assets, the investigation team identified and safeguarded a number of vulnerable people who had been exploited by the gang. In all, 22 people have now been convicted and sentenced to a combined total of over 160 years. I hope that this result offers some reassurance to communities that the Met is determined to robustly deal with high harm offenders, reduce crime and restore trust and confidence.”

On Wednesday, 13 December at Woolwich Crown Court, the seven remaining members of an organised criminal gang were sentenced to a total of 90 years. Due to the overwhelming evidence against them, they all pled guilty. A further 15 members of the gang were jailed at different hearings throughout 2022.

Those sentenced on 13 December were:

Shainie Payton (26/01/1990) of Hadley Grange, Harlow, was sentenced to 13 years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Darren Goodge (03/11/1971) of Hadley Grange, Harlow, was sentenced to ten years for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Lee Souter (10/07/1985) of Ladyshot, Harlow, was sentenced to 11 years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Jamie Dennison ( 02/10/1996) of Little Cattins, Harlow, was sentenced to seven years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Reece Mort (07/12/1991) of Rushes Mead, Harlow, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, and conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Alfie Malone (23/03/1993) of Avondale Road, London, SE9 was sentenced to 14 years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A & B drugs, conspiracy to acquire/use/possess criminal property, and conspiracy to sell/transfer firearms/ammunition.

The police operation began in March 2020 and was designed to dismantle the supply and distribution of Class A drugs around south-east London. A large scale surveillance operation was launched involving a number of individuals and locations.

The initial phase of the investigation identified, investigated, arrested and prosecuted four low-level members of the organised criminal group (OCG) for various drug offences. Following their arrests, detectives utilised material from their mobile phones, seizures at their home addresses and other intelligence to progress the operation leading to the conviction of the leader of the OCG, his allies and other key individuals.

The first person identified was Alfie Malone in September 2020 and he was placed under surveillance. In October 2020 he led officers to an address in Beaverbank, SE9 in which officers observed criminal activity. Throughout November 2020 police observed Lee Souter and Darren Goodge meeting Malone at the address, where sometimes bags were exchanged.

As a result of these meetings Goodge and Souter was placed under police surveillance. Subsequently, police carried out a drugs warrant at the New Eltham address. Class A drugs, money, associated paraphernalia and a live cannabis plants in the loft were recovered and the address was closed down by police.

Over the course of the following five months detectives observed Souter and Goodge travel around London and locations across the country carrying out various meetings and exchanging bags.

On the 19 March 2021 Malone was stopped and arrested in possession of a one-kilo block of cocaine following a meeting with Goodge. Both Goodge and Souter’s fingerprints were found on the carrier bag containing the cocaine block.

Evidence indicated that Malone was a customer of Ross Payton’s OCG, detectives also discovered he was heavily involved in the supply of drugs in his own right. In the two month period from the end of March to the end of May 2020, he regularly acquired drugs in large quantities – kilo and half kilo blocks – from the OCG for onward supply.

On 27 April 2021, Souter was intercepted by police in Enfield whilst driving a rented van after he had collected 50kg of freshly imported heroin and cocaine which had been concealed in children’s toys.
Following this interception, on 28 April 2021 officers arrested Payton at Manchester Airport as he attempted to flee the UK.

A search of Payton’s home recovered a mobile phone which forensic analysis revealed messages and pictures linking him to UK-wide drug distribution. Officers discovered more than 5,000 relevant items linking him to Class A drug distribution into the hundreds of kilos. Analysis of the mobile phone uncovered links to Shainie Payton, Goodge, Souter, Reece Mort and James Dennison including messages involving drugs, images of drugs, money and postcodes being sent for Goodge, Souter and Dennison to attend all around the UK.

Messages found on Payton’s phone clearly identified him as the leader of the OCG. In messages, he gave orders to other members to make exchanges, telling them to acquire new equipment such as cash counters and vacuum machines, admonished them for mistakes and discussed the quality of the drugs being passed.

Detectives recovered Telegram messages from Payton which showed in the period between the 14 December 2020 and 8 April 2021 he had organised the distribution of 115 kilos of class A drugs, which would equate to around £3,450,000 in wholesale value. The accounts kept by the OCG show transactions well into the millions of pounds and the observation evidence showing that the network was operating from the south-east of London to as far as Scotland.

It was also uncovered that Payton and Malone were also conspiring for Payton to sell firearms including AK47 assault rifles, Skorpion submachine guns and handguns.

On 11 May 2021 Shainie Payton and Goodge were arrested for being concerned in Class A drug supply. Officers found an electronic hide in the boot of their car which contained cannabis. During a search of their home, cocaine was recovered together with scales from the loft area and packaging containing traces of cocaine and cannabis.

On the same day, Dennison was also arrested in Harlow. Cannabis was discovered inside a sophisticated electronic hide in the vehicle’s floor. Further forensic analysis uncovered Souter’s fingerprint inside the hide of the vehicle.

On 14 May 2021 Mort was arrested in Harlow. In his possession was a handset which, although now holding a different SIM, had previously held the phone number used to communicate with his co-conspirators. Officers found Telegram messages exchanged between Payton and Mort from April 2021 regarding the delivery of cocaine. There were numerous messages around that same time sourced from other conspirators’ phones that refer to Mort’s drug exchanges and involvement in counting money.

During the investigation, three vulnerable people were identified as being victims of exploitation by the gang to allow their premises to be used to store and bag up drugs. Officers worked with various local authorities so that these three were found alternative housing and given support.

Prior to the arrest and conviction of the seven key players, a number of lower tier OCG members were convicted for their part in the enterprise having been implicated whilst under surveillance to supply Class A and B drugs.

They were:

Taylor Plumb (06/03/1997) of Tees Drive, Romford was jailed for four years and six months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs.

Marshall Arthur (11/08/1992) of John Harrison Way, SE10 was jailed for three years and five months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Martyn Savill (15/04/1978) of Kingston Avenue, Southend on Sea, was jailed five years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Ibrahim Saleh (15/07/1991) of Robert Street, SE18 was jailed for eight years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Eddie Peacock (28/10/1986) of Wellington Avenue, Bexley, was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property.

Channing Broderick (02/01/1999) of Old Road East, Gravesend, was jailed for five years and two months after being found guilty of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, and driving whilst disqualified.

Mansur Mustapha (20/04/1998) of Rayleigh Road, E16 was jailed for 13 months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs and possession with intent to supply psychoactive substances.

Jake Keys (19/08/1994) of Shakespeare Road, Dartford, was sentenced to a two-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Navid Jamshidi (29/07/1993) of Green Lane, SE9 was jailed for eight years and four months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Mark Sawyer (23/01/1982) of Beaverbank, SE9 was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and production of class B drugs.

Robbie Asaw (08/06/1995) of Wakelin House, Brockley Park, SE23 1PU was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Steven Boreham (30/11/1971) of Chestnut Grove, Southend on Sea, was jailed for five years and four months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

John Andrews (10/07/1969) of Peel Road, Orpington was jailed for five years and six months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs and acquire/use/possess criminal property.

Daniel Jarvis (06/01/1991) of Rainbow Road, Bexley, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Charlie Keys (13/12/1991) of Shakespeare Road, Dartford was sentenced to a two year conditional discharge after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

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16 Comments for Five month covert police operation sees 22 people including five from Harlow jailed for more than 160 years:

Ann
2023-12-17 18:53:38

Good! I hope they do the full sentence’s they were given.

Seamus
2023-12-18 00:17:33

There was always a suspicion there was a hub being used in Church Langley and it was very obviously so with the amount of young kids on electric scooters being fed drugs to sell on, by one or two teenage kids illegally on small motorcycles and visiting the house. It's a great result for not only the police but the town AND it's residents.

Jr
2023-12-18 10:31:17

Shame you haven't caught the rest doing it round sumners estate who have been supplying drugs for many years to regular customers being from the house or the roundabout. You see the same face's cars etc come every weekend & it's so obvious....police have been informed by many residents but they are taking a hell of a long time doing their "ground work on this one" !!!! No getting away from it, you can smell it in the air so just follow your nose & it will lead you to them hopefully. I know these people will always be around as they think they will never get caught , but if not caught by police you are caught anyway in your own stupid mistakes of being involved in or around drugs.

Danielle
2023-12-18 10:51:17

im atually shocked at Shanie Payton I grew up with her and she was never this girl growing up

Resident
2023-12-18 15:11:51

Acting on illegal e-scooters and e-bikes that are converted to motorbikes would make these operations a lot more difficult I can't understand why there are so many in use, they are ALL illegal

Reg
2023-12-18 23:09:57

Resident. Typically, breaking the law doesn't deter criminals.

Kelly
2023-12-19 16:01:16

Shanie Payton who would of thought you would do this and leave your daughter who will now grow up without her mother now goes to show who you do and don't know

Guy Flegmen
2023-12-19 16:48:07

Once again the foot soldiers get caught, but never the kingpins. Funny that!

Resident
2023-12-19 16:53:03

Reg seizing all the e scooters and illegally modified bikes would make things more difficult

Its me
2023-12-19 17:49:46

Guy Flegman......Ross Peyton ("kingpin")......was sentenced to 24 years

Steve Smith
2023-12-24 20:31:36

Good job met police poor shanie girl not looking to good in her mig shot ...... Lol

Hmp Christmas
2023-12-24 20:34:11

Gangster lol Ross Payton little boy from Harlow wannabe total idot don't cry l0verboy from big paddy

Paula
2023-12-27 22:26:45

It shocks me shanie Payton didn’t even think of her daughter not once by involving herself in all this. I hope her daughter has some family to go to that can pick up the pieces of what her mum has done. Poor girl. Darren goodge also has a daughter feel for her. I’m shocked , never in a million years did I think Darren would get involved in this . Just goes to show you don’t know anyone.

Tina Walsh
2023-12-29 22:51:28

Oh how the mighty have fallen Shanie "mother of the year" payton. What a low class of vermin she is. I am disgusted that she let her child around this, drugs, guns, gang members and all whist preaching a good life with sosig lips. Seeing her friends say Shanie doesn't deserve this, nor did her child. She made those choices for Taylor. You guys are mothers too but you side with SHAMIE because you bought gear off her

Geraldine Todd
2024-01-10 00:01:38

No words for this heartbreaking situation I new Melanie Payton bless little Taylor 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

Take. Oath now
2024-01-15 09:44:33

They Paytons are all c**ts long bird that old shanie girl might go over on the wing broom handle style old ross what a dosser 24 yrs ride it long time dossers ed take oath on shanie girls sausage lips now I take oath dogs ed lips

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