Three men sentenced for supplying drugs in Salisbury

Three men sentenced for supplying drugs in Salisbury

Published by Jack Deery at 12:34pm 15th January 2020. (Updated at 12:48pm 15th January 2020)

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All of them are members of a London Dangerous Drugs Network but supplied in parks and from addresses in the city.

The three men have been sentenced to a total of 12 years and 4 months imprisonment. 

  • Faruq Gafow, 20, of Whippendell Close, Orpington, was sentenced to seven years imprisonment and banned from Salisbury for eight years for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in the city.
Faruq Gafow
Faruq Gafow
  • Omar Ibrahim, 20, of Grove Street, Lewisham, London was sentenced to five years imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in Salisbury
Omar Ibrahim
Omar Ibrahim
  • Leandro Silva, 19, of no fixed address, London, was sentenced to four months imprisonment for concealing criminal property. He was also banned from the city for five years.
Leandro Silva
Leandro Silva

Gafow was arrested in May 2018 on suspicion of dealing class A drugs in Salisbury's Greencroft play park and an investigation began. 

He was released whilst enquiries continued and returned to the city in March 2019 where he was seen in Victoria Park and later found at an address in Essex Square, Harnham.

He was next arrested a month later when he was found at a different address on Wilton Road with Ibrahim and Silva.

They had taken over the address of vulnerable class A drug users at knifepoint in order to sell crack and heroin from the property.

Silva was believed to have items concealed on his person and was observed by officers in custody for 31 hours before producing a package containing £750 from his bottom. 

Sgt David Hambly said: 

"This investigation shows that Wiltshire Police take a very robust approach to tackling Dangerous Drugs Networks. These networks are a chain of exploitation from beginning to end, with vulnerable drugs users being targeted and coerced into running drugs and having their homes taken over, often as in this case, through the threat of force and use of weapons. 

We will continue to work tirelessly to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and I would urge anyone who suspects their neighbours may be being subjected to cuckooing to report it to police. Such reports are treated with the utmost discretion."

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