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Crawley men jailed for supplying class A drugs in town

Six men have been sent to prison for a total of almost 30 years for their part in the supply of class A drugs in Crawley.

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Detectives from the West Sussex Community Investigation Team started investigating these men supplying class of class A drugs in Crawley in November 2016.

The group were caught after officers spotted two people, Syed Hussain and Sarder Bashir, going back and forth to a taxi parked in Horsham Road, Crawley on November 24, 2016. Officers were suspicious about the account the pair provided and they were both arrested.

Officers were able to link this taxi to drug offences and further enquiries over the following months led detectives to identify others involved in the supply of class A drugs in the Crawley area.

Four other men were subsequently arrested and drugs, cash and stun guns were recovered from their homes.

The six appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, (March 29) for sentencing.

The following four were sentenced after a six week trial:

Francis Gomez, 41, of Yeats Close, London, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine, crack cocaine) and the supply of both class A and class B drugs from September 2016 until October 2017. Gomez was given a 15-year-prison sentence.

Laeek Ahmed, 27, of Denchers Plat, Crawley, was convicted of four counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine) and one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs (heroin) between September 2016 and January 2017. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Jamal Sultan, 33, of Redditch Close, Crawley was convicted of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (cocaine) and was handed a four-and-a-half year imprisonment and a victim surcharge of £170.

Sarder Bashir, 37, of Martyrs Avenue, Crawley, was charged with one count of perverting the course of justice from 22 to 25 November, 2016 and was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, 150 hours of unpaid work and a victim surcharge of £115.

The following two defendants entered earlier guilty pleas:

Robert Smith, 35, of Burwash Road, Crawley was charged with permitting his premises to be used in the supply of class A drugs, possession of a class A drug (cocaine) and possession of criminal property. He was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work and a victim surcharge of £140.

Syed Hussain, 40, of Heron Close, Crawley, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (crack cocaine and heroin) and one count of money laundering from 1 to 24 November, 2016. Hussain was given a 32 month sentence and a victim surcharge of £170.

Detective Constable Dave Wadley said:

“This investigation was lengthy but we were determined to bring these men to justice. I hope this serves as a warning to others that we take this criminality extremely seriously and no matter how long the investigation will be, we will continue to strive for justice to be served.”

Detective Inspector Alan Pack of the Community Investigation Team said

“These sentences reflect the hard work my team undertook to secure sustained disruption to the illegal supply of drugs and only now, following the trial and sentencing, can we publicise this. These investigations are largely unseen until we reach these successful conclusions and I hope our communities take reassurance from this example of our continued work.”

Anyone who does have concerns for drug use, can report incidents online.

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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child

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Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
 
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
 
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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