Class A drugs bust in Beckenham and Penge

PUBLISHED: 11:50 30 June 2011

Jason Shepherd

Jason Shepherd


Ten people have been charged with 42 offences in connection with Class A drug dealing and money laundering in Beckenham and Penge.

Some 13 kilos of amphetamine, 50 rocks of crack cocaine, 150 wraps of heroin and 10 wraps of cocaine, with a combined street value of £155,150 were recovered, along with £33,000 cash, as part of Bromley police’s Operation Salsa.

The latest person to be sentenced was Aaron Harrison, 31, of Waller Road, New Cross, on June 20, who was jailed at Croydon Crown Court for five years for supplying crack cocaine and heroin to undercover police officers.

Five men had previously been sentenced at Croydon Crown Court, to more than 14 years in prison after the operation between October and December last year.

Detective Inspector Jerry Troon of Bromley Police’s CID said: “This operation has proved to be a major success. “We will continue to target those people involved in the illegal supply and use of controlled drugs in Bromley.”

Carlton Clarke, 38, of Joshua Close, Croydon, pled guilty to one count of supplying crack cocaine on April 4 and was sentenced to 51 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and required to attend a six month drug dependency programme.

Jermaine Lodge, 22, of Banfield Road, Southwark, pled guilty to four counts of supplying crack cocaine on February 28 and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.

Donovan Clarke, 42, of Saddlers Close, Mitcham, pled guilty to five offences of supplying crack cocaine and two offences of supplying heroin on May 6. He was jailed for 51 months.

Fadil Zhqata, also known as Janis Upite, 27, of Sydenham Hill, Lewisham, pled guilty to three counts of supplying crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine on January 18 and was sentenced to two years and three months.

Jason Shepherd, 19, of Mallard Walk, Sidcup, pled guilty to two counts of supplying crack cocaine on February 17 and was sentenced to two years detention in a young offenders institution.

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