Finsbury Park thug jailed for running Dalston cannabis shop
A THUG who brazenly dealt drugs for a �1m cannabis ring while on bail for a savage nightclub attack was jailed for four-and-a-half years today (Friday).
Ozan Gultekim, 19, of Petherton House, on the Woodberry Down Estate, Finsbury Park, was caught on CCTV smashing a bottle over clubber Chad Osbourne’s head and repeatedly punching and kicking Simon Lauren.
Mr Osbourne also suffered a gunshot wound while Mr Lauren was stabbed during violence at the Manor Club, in Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, in the early hours of May 4 last year.
Gultekim was bailed and went to work at Hackney Music - a front for a �1million a year skunk cannabis dealing den.
To the casual observer, the store was just another east London music shop selling singles and DVDs.
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But when police mounted a raid on the store in January this year after a two-month surveillance operation, officers found just a handful of CDs on sale.
Inside the store there was a “sophisticated and organised commercial enterprise” supplying potent skunk cannabis to up to 100 users a day.
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The operation is estimated by detectives to have yielded around �90,000 a month.
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.
Jailing Gultekim at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Judge Neil Sanders described the operation at the Dalston Lane 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,” said the judge.
The trial heard police staked out the shop between October 31 last year and January 14 this year.
“Hackney Music was a small high street shop,” said prosecutor David Markham. “Its ostensible or apparent business is as advertised by the name of the shop as a seller of urban music in CD or DVD format to members of the public.
“This business was merely a front for a sophisticated and organised commercial enterprise dealing skunk cannabis to the public.”
Baker Kimera, 22, Cryuss Francis, 24, and Julian Borja, 20, who along with Gultekim were captured on CCTV attacking revellers outside the Manor Club, were all spared jail in July this year.
Kimera, of Waller House, on the Mayville Estate, Newington Green, and Francis, of Birbeck Road, Tottenham, both received 18-month community supervision orders after admitting affray. Borja, of Hillside Road, Stamford Hill, pleaded guilty to the same charge and was given a 10-month jail term suspended for 18 months.
All three yobs were ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Gultekim admitted affray, conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of Class B and possessing Class B drugs with intent to supply.