"Over 51 kilograms of heroin has been removed from London's streets."
Sibela Ahmed, aged 29, of High Road, Ilford, was jailed for eight years on Monday, October 8, 2018, at Snaresbrook Crown Court for possessing and intending to supply heroin.
The Court heard that Ahmed was caught when detectives from the Met’s East Proactive Team stopped a taxi on Meath Road, Ilford on December 7, 2017.
Ahmed was sitting in the back of the taxi and there was a plastic bag in the footwell by her feet.
In the bag, detectives found approximately five kilograms of heroin and the woman was arrested at the scene.
Officers then searched Ahmed’s home address on High Road and found a further 46 kilograms of the Class A drug hidden under her bed and in a suitcase.
Combined, the total street value of the 51 kilograms of heroin was approximately £5.1 million.
The drugs were seized by police and Ahmed was charged with possessing the drugs.
Detective Constable Kevin Rowley of the Met’s East Area Proactive Team was pleased about preventing a large amount of the drug from being supplied.
He also explained that it will help reduce the issue of drugs, which is a problem in the UK.
He said: “I am very happy with today’s result.”
“Over 51 kilograms of heroin has been removed from London’s streets which will no doubt save plenty of lives and help eradicate an issue which has blighted not just London, but the rest of the UK.”
Ahmed appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court to explain her charges on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
She was later remanded to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, September 6, 2018.
At her trial, Ahmed pleaded guilty to possessing and intending to supply the 51 kilograms of heroin.
DC Rowley explained that catching Ahmed and seizing the drugs had interrupted a larger network of organised crime in the city.
He added: “I have no doubt that by taking this big a volume of Class A drugs off the streets, we have severely disrupted an organised crime network.”
“I hope the public feels reassured that we are doing all that we can to clamp down on drug dealers.”
Sibela Ahmed was sentenced to eight years in prison for possessing and intending to supply a large quantity of heroin.
After the sentencing, DC Rowley said: “Ahmed was clearly thinking about herself when she agreed to store this large amount of heroin.”
“Now she will be able to spend the next eight years thinking about the consequences that it has caused her.”