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Drug dealers jailed for 22 years after Hackney gang police crackdown

PUBLISHED: 13:42 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 19 November 2018

Top row: Simone Di Bernardo, Altan Gultekin, Kjell Henry-Sobers. Bottom row: Koby Milton, Shannon Robertson, Jerrell Rose-Smith. Pictures: Met Police

Top row: Simone Di Bernardo, Altan Gultekin, Kjell Henry-Sobers. Bottom row: Koby Milton, Shannon Robertson, Jerrell Rose-Smith. Pictures: Met Police

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Drug dealers arrested in dawn raids at a Stoke Newington estate have been jailed for a total of 22 years.

Operation Ballymore was Hackney police’s answer to the rise in gang-related violence linked to drug dealing. Launched in January, it brought 35 arrests and 27 charges, which led to 13 jail terms.

At Wood Green Crown Court this week Kjell Henry-Sobers, 27, of Bayston Road, Stoke Newington, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and three counts of supplying them. He was jailed for four years and nine months.

Jerrell Rose-Smith, 23, of Seven Sisters Road, admitted supplying and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He received two years and 10 months.

Altan Gultekin, 29, of Katherine Close, Finsbury Park, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs, and possession of criminal property. He got three years.

Koby Milton, 19, of Portland Rise, Finsbury Park, admitted two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and was jailed for two years and three months. Shane Appleby, 20, of Morning Lane, admitted nine counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of class A and B drugs and possession of criminal property. He is behind bars for two-and-a-half years.

Simone Di Bernardo, 19 and also of Portland Rise, admitted possession with intent to supply a class B drug, possession of class A drugs, and possession of criminal property. He was given a one-year term suspended for two years.

Shannon Robertson, 24, of Oak Avenue, Haringey, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug. He was sentenced to five years in prison. All were also given Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs).

The raids took place in Victorian Grove, yards from Stoke Newington Police Station.

Det Sgt Matt Webb said: “The sentences passed against these individuals show the gravity and seriousness of the offences.

“The peddling of drugs leads to suffering for those who are dependent on these substances and to the local community who are forced to tolerate the associated anti-social behaviour.

“I would like to thank my team. The weight of the evidence we gathered during the investigation led to these defendants entering guilty pleas, and in the longer term it has resulted in a reduction in associated violence.”

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