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BREAKING BAD: Northwood man convicted for running drugs factory with father and friend

 Published on: 13th June 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood man has been convicted for running a large-scale drugs factory.

Roshan Valentine of Hilliard Road, together with father Allen and childhood friend Krunal Patel, who both live in Harrow, were producing and selling Class C drug Benzodiazepines, a type of sedative. They made at least £3.5million in illicit profit.

The Met Police’s Cyber Crime Unit led the investigation after they received intelligence from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in US that the men were selling pharmaceutical drugs on the dark web.

Detectives began the investigation in January 2022 and, soon after, they discovered the three men were visiting a warehouse unit at Acton Business Centre. It was from here that the drugs were produced, packaged and supplied. The men were operating under the guise of a company called Puzzle Logistics Limited that was formed in 2016.

The trio were arrested on August 17 last year, with officers finding a concealed laboratory in the warehouse.

Detective Constable Alex Hawkins, of the Met’s Cyber Crime Unit led the investigation. He said: “The three men ran a sophisticated, large scale production of fake pharmaceutical drugs sold on the dark web that appeared to be genuine. Their operation was solely for the greed of those involved bearing no concern for the vulnerabilities of those purchasing these drugs.

“Some of the drugs contained completely different chemicals from those which should be in the genuine tablets; some of them are extremely dangerous.

“We would like to thank pharmaceutical companies Viatris and Teva UK for assisting the Met in our investigation and supporting our prosecution against these dangerous and fraudulent men.”

All three were charged with conspiracy to produce Class C drugs and money laundering offences on 19 August 2022 and were remanded in custody.

Roshan and friend Krunal have both pleaded guilty to a host of offences including conspiracy to produce controlled drugs of Class C and intent to supply.

Meanwhile, father Allen told the jury he was a doctor and has qualifications in pharmacy, enquiries are currently ongoing to verify the claims. He pleaded not guilty to the same offences, but was found guilty on May 9 following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

They will be sentenced on a date to be determined.

Roshan Valentine of Hilliard Road

 

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