Skunk-selling nightclub thug caged
A TEENAGER who brazenly dealt drugs for a �1m cannabis ring while on bail for a nightclub bottling was jailed for four and-a-half years on Friday.
Ozan Gultekim, 19, of Gultekim, of Petherton House, Woodberry Down Estate, Finsbury Park, was caught on CCTV smashing a bottle over clubber Chad Osbourne and repeatedly punching and kicking Simon Lauren at the Manor Club above Manor House Station, Finsbury Park.
Mr Osbourne was also shot while Mr Lauren was stabbed and bottled during violence at the club in the early hours of May 4 last year.
Gultekim was bailed and went to work at Hackney Music - a fake CD and DVD shop in Dalston Lane which was a front for a �1million a year skunk cannabis dealership.
To the casual observer, the store sold CDs and DVDs but when police raided the shop in January this year after a two-month surveillance operation, officers found just a handful of legitimate items on sale.
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Inside the store there was a ‘sophisticated and organised commercial enterprise’ supplying potent skunk cannabis for up to 100 users a day.
The operation is estimated by detectives to have yielded around �90,000 a month.
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When Gultekim was seized at his home on April 13 this year, officers found weighing scales and 40 bags of cannabis with a street value of �800.
He admitted affray, conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class B and possessing class B drugs with intent to supply.
Jailing Gultekim for four and a half years, Judge Neil Sanders described the operation at the shop as ‘brazen and sophisticated’.
“I accept that you played a limited part towards the end of the conspiracy but it’s plain that you were a trusted and essential part in the operation of that conspiracy,” he said.
Shopkeeper Haydar Yaldiz, 28, of Grasmere Road, Tottenham, was last month jailed for three years while two of his staff, Adnan Kel, 30, of Rogate House, Muir Road, Clapton and Hassan Patel, 22, of Crossways Terrace, Clapton each received five years.
Baker Kimera, 22, Waller House, Mayville Estate, Stoke Newington Cryuss Francis, 24, of Birbeck Road, Tottenham and Julian Borja, 20, of Hillside Road, Stamford Hill who were also captured on CCTV with Gultekim attacking clubbers outside the Manor Club, were spared jail but ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work in July this year.
Kimera and Francis both received 18-month community supervision orders while Borja’s 10-month jail term was suspended for 18 months.