Jailed: Stoke Newington crack cocaine and heroin gang - who are thought to have pocketed as much as £646,000 in six months

Edward Smith

Edward Smith - Credit: met police

Three members of a Stoke Newington gang supplying crack cocaine and heroin - which is thought could have made as much as £646,000 in six months - have been jailed.

Carlvina Samuels

Carlvina Samuels - Credit: met police

The Met’s Operation Cabhat targeted the supply of Class A drugs within Hackney by criminals linked to a gang operating in Stoke Newington between March 19 to October 1 2019 when a warrant was executed and arrests made.

Detectives discovered that each one had a specific role as they worked together in the organised crime group.

Luchiano Dias, 25, controlled the drugs line, which users called to make orders, while 52-year-old Edward Smith and 33-year-old Carlvina Samuels were street dealers who supplied drugs on behalf of the line.

The team from the Met seized large amounts of cash, along with Class A drugs and paraphernalia used to prepare and manufacture street drugs like scales.

Luchiano Dias

Luchiano Dias - Credit: met police

Several mobile phones linked to the conspiracy was also found.

Wood Green Crown Court heard - via a drugs expert witness - that the drugs line was shown to have made between £388,000 and £646,000 over the 196 day conspiracy period.

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On Wednesday Luchiano Dias of Hackney was jailed for four years, Edward Smith was jailed for three-and-a-half years and Carlvina Samuels was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years.

Det Const Justin Dijkstra, the investigating officer, said: “These operations are complex but are worth the time spent on them to disrupt criminals whose actions cause misery to so many.

Pot containing £770 in cash and a set of electronic scales.

Pot containing £770 in cash and a set of electronic scales. - Credit: met police

“Our enquiries have removed a drugs line and reminded others who are guilty of peddling drugs that we are anything but complacent about stopping their criminal activity.”

Handsets linked to the drugs line.

Handsets linked to the drugs line. - Credit: met police