THREE men from Hayes and one from Uxbridge were part of a gang of drug runners caught with high purity cocaine worth £100,000.
Aaron Ramsey, of Woolacombe Way, Steven Watson, of Bourne Avenue and Jamie O’Connor, of Mildred Avenue, all Hayes, and Mohammed Dikuiza, of Greatfields Drive, Uxbridge were jailed, along with Harry Harris, of Bennell Road, Holloway, for more than 17 years between them.
Officers discovered almost half a pound of cocaine in the boot of a van being driven by O’Connor after stopping the group on Marylebone Road in central London.
Police had earlier tailed O’Connor and Watson from a McDonald’s restaurant in Northolt on the evening of July 27 last year.
They later pulled into a petrol station in Gloucester Road where Harris and Ramsey met Watson to hand over the drugs before driving off.
Officers then pursued O’Connor’s van, Harris and Ramsey’s vehicle and a third car driven by Dikuiza before swooping on them in nearby Euston Road where they discovered cocaine, later found to be 70 per cent pure.
Jailing the gang at Southwark Crown Court last week, Judge Gregory Stone QC said: “Supplying Class A drugs is a very serious crime.
“Such drugs as these do untold harm to people and they do untold harm to our society.
“You were, all of you, playing your part in doing that harm and contributing to that damage.”
He added that the high purity of the cocaine indicated ‘closeness to the original source’.
Handing Ramsey a sentence of three years and eight months he said there was ‘no question’ he had played a significant role in the movement and exchange of the drugs.
Harris, described as the ‘wholesaler’ of the operation, was jailed for five years.
Dikuiza’s precise role in the conspiracy was unclear, said the judge, though it was obvious he was at a lower level. He and Watson were both jailed for three years.
Harris, 31, Ramsey, 26 and Watson, 30 admitted one count of conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Dikuiza, 22 and O’Connor, 25, were convicted by a jury of conspiracy to supply cocaine.