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Three men jailed for more than 10 years following discovery of large crystal meth stash during Ealing flat raid

London Crime Squad officers found a large amount of methylamphetamine after executing a drugs warrant at a residential block in Ealing

Three men have been jailed for a combined total of 10 and-a-half years for supplying the drug crystal meth.

A large stash of the drug, which is formally known as methylamphetamine, was discovered when London Crime Squad officers raided the Ealing home of 41-year-old Hamid Babakhan on Tuesday April 25.

According to police, the flat in Park North Road appeared to be used for producing the drug.

Babakhan was present at the address and was arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug and possession with intent to supply controlled Class A and Class B drugs.

He was taken to Acton police station and was charged in April.

A second man, 37-year-old Hossein Rahimi, was arrested on Friday June 16 in West Row, Ladbroke Grove .

Officers then arrested a third man on the same day, 20-year-old Reza Naaimi, who they found after executing another drugs warrant at an address in North Kensington.

From left to right, Naaimi, Babakhan and Rahimi(Image: Metropolitan Police)

On Saturday June 17, Rahimi was charged with producing a Class A controlled drug, possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and possession of criminal property and on the same day Naaimi was charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.

These original charges and those for Babakhan were amended following a plea bargain.

The men were sentenced on Monday (September 25) at Isleworth Crown Court after pleaded guilty at an previous hearing.

Babakhan, of Park Road North, Ealing, was sentenced to five years behind bars for conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

A large amount of crystal meth was discovered at a flat on Park North Road, Ealing

Rahimi, of Girdlers Road in Kensington , was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

While Naaimi, of West Row in North Kensington, was sentenced to two years and six months' in jail for conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

Detective Sergeant Damian Hill, of the Met’s London Crime Squad, led the investigation.

He said: "We are pleased to have secured sentences for these men that reflect the seriousness of the crimes they committed.

"Babakhan, Rahimi and Naaimi were involved the supply of drugs that cause misery for the local community.

"This serves as a warning to anyone involved in drug-related offending that the Met will find them and bring them to justice."

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