TEN gang members have been jailed for supplying drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin in Croydon. Raids on houses in and around Thornton Heath and Broad Green in October 2012 uncovered Class A drugs as well as cannabis, paraphernalia and significant sums of money. The arrests were part of Operation Gabbert, a joint crackdown by the Trident gangs unit and officers in Croydon targeting drug supply in the borough. The gang has been sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison, with the final sentence handed out to a 17-year-old boy last Friday. Detective Superintendent Simon Messinger, from Croydon Police, said: "This is excellent news for the local community in the West Croydon and Thornton Heath area – and indeed for Croydon as a whole – and we continue to target known gang members who involve themselves in this sort of criminality. "Every person we believe to be involved in gangs is given the opportunity to seek a lifestyle away from gangs and offered the support to help them out. "However, those who choose not to leave can expect us to target them and their criminal lifestyle." Quaiser Butt, 26, of Dunheved Road South pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine and cannabis and was sentenced to five and two years in prison respectively, to be served concurrently. Amir Butt, 28, of Dunheved Road South, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis and was sentenced to 12 months, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to carry out unpaid work and put on an electronic tag. Fisal Butt, 28, or Dunheved Road, pleaded guilty to the supply of cannabis and was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years. He also has to carry out community work and was tagged. Usman Asghar, 19, or Morland Road, pleaded guilty to supply of cannabis and was sentenced to 12 years; Vijith Vijayan, 19, of Constance Road, pleaded guilty to supply of cocaine and was sentenced to three years and six months and Rivdan Das, 22, of Panton Close, pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis and was given a community order. Gene Faria, 29, or Manning Gardens, was sentenced to three years and six months after admitting supplying cocaine; Levi Davis, 29, Strathmore Road, pleaded guilty to the supply of Class A drugs and was sentenced to three years and Robert Robinson, 33, of Ecclesbourne Road, admitted supplying cocaine and was sentenced to three years . A 17-year-old boy of no fixed address pleaded guilty to supplying cannabis and was given a 12 month suspended sentence, with a 90 tag and 12 month intensive supervision.
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