Man jailed for drug offences following Tower Hamlets and Hackney policing operation

man jailed for drug offences following tower hamlets and hackney policing operation

A man caught with £12,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin at his home during a police raid has been jailed.

He is the last person to have been brought to justice following a proactive operation targeting drug dealers across north-east London which has resulted in more than 30 people being convicted for drugs offences.

Jordi Matuba, 22 of the Woodberry Down Estate, was sentenced to two years and eight months’ imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, 7 May, after admitting to two charges of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

He was one of 38 people arrested during early-morning raids in September 2018 at addresses in and around the Stoke Newington area under Operation Ballymore, part of a wider intelligence-led operation by Hackney Police’s Gangs Unit which started in January 2018.

It was launched in response to a rise in gang-related violence linked to drugs in the borough.

Of those arrested, 32 people have been convicted and jailed for a combined total of 74 years and 10 months, with Matuba the final defendant.

A proportion of those prosecuted also had Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) made against them, placing further conditions on them upon release.