A Ruislip man is amongst four members of a criminal network who have been jailed for their part in a £1 million drug conspiracy.
At Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, March 18, 32-year-old Matthew O’Brien of Northdown Close, Ruislip, received a sentence 15 years and nine months imprisonment, on the charge to supply class A drugs.
At the same hearing, his co-conspirators 20-year-old Georgie Norris, 38-year-old Mark Breagan and 21-year-old Alfie Whitbread, all of Ealing, all pled guilty to the same charge.
They received prison terms of 12 years and eight months, 10 years and four months and eight years and 10 months respectively.
The court heard that the four were part of a city-wide crime group that used encrypted devices to arrange drug deals in excess of £1 million. They were just one half of the conspiracy, acting as the West London branch. The three members of the East London branch were all convicted and jailed in September of last year.
Detective Inspector Stephen Masterson, from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime North Unit, said: “These convictions show how seriously the Met is committed to investigating and convicting those involved in the commercial supply of Class A drugs.
“There is no doubt the content of the messages from their Encrochat devices demonstrated the scale of the operation being run by this crime group which has led to such significant sentences.”
Police credit Met Police