More than 20 jailed after raids on ‘crime street’


[From Worthing Herald]

Tuesday, 12th August 2008

More than 20 jailed after raids on ‘crime street’

More than 20 men have been jailed following raids on a north London street that had become a “one stop shop” for crime, police said.

Hundreds of officers flooded popular shopping street Blackstock Road earlier this year after months of surveillance work.

More than 80 people were arrested for offences from dealing crack cocaine and heroin to money laundering, document forgery and handling stolen goods.

Many of them were caught after selling drugs and stolen goods to undercover officers in a wave of sting operations.

Chief Superintendent Bob Carr, Islington borough commander, of the 36 people charged, 21 have been jailed for up to five years so far.

The senior officer added that seven people have been served anti-social behaviour orders banning them from the street.

Mr Carr said: “Operation Mista was the result of a lengthy police operation targeting criminals in Blackstock Road.

“Through regular consultation, we knew the local community was concerned about crime in the area.

“Now, with most of the offenders behind bars, I hope they are suitably reassured that Blackstock Road is a safe place to be.”

Metropolitan Police bosses said the operation to take down criminals operating from Blackstock Road could serve as an example to other forces.

Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2008, All Rights Reserved.

[from London Daily News]

19th August 2008

20 jailed following Blackstock raid

Police authorities in the capital have won a significant victory against crime with the conviction and imprisonment of twenty men following raids on Blackstock Road in north London.

The street had become a “one stop shop” for crime, police have announced.

Hundreds of officers flooded popular north London shopping street Blackstock Road earlier this year after months of surveillance work.

More than 80 people were arrested for offences from dealing crack cocaine and heroin to money laundering, document forgery and handling stolen goods.

The men convicted are largely from African and Turkish backgrounds.

[from London Daily News]

20 jailed following Blackstock raid

By News Editor Declan Wilkes

Twenty men have been locked up for up to five years after the huge police raid on Blackstock Road last March.

The massive police operation by 600 officers in riot gear along the Finsbury Park street – came after residents begged police for months to tackle criminality in the area.
Drugs, counterfeiting, money laundering

Nearly all the men pled guilty in court after cops caught many red handed. Offences ranged from supplying heroin and cannabis, handling stolen goods, counterfeiting documents, forgery, and money laundering.
Operation Mista

80 people were arrested after the raids with 36 charged. Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Bob Carr called them “positive sentences” and the result of a “lengthy police operation.”

15 others are yet to be dealt with, one man received a suspended sentence after admitting supplying cannabis and handling stolen goods, seven others have been served with ASBO’s banning them from the Blackstock area.

[from Islington Tribune]

Islington Tribune – by ROISIN GADELRAB
Published: 15 August 2008

20 jailed after raid on Blackstock Road

TWENTY men have been jailed for up to five years each after being arrested following a massive police raid on Blackstock Road on March 27.


A further 15 men are still to be dealt with by the courts and one man has been given a suspended sentence for supplying cannabis and handling stolen goods.
The offences range from handling stolen goods, selling cannabis and heroin and money laundering to forging and supplying counterfeit documents.
In total 80 people were arrested following the “Operation Mista” raids with 36 eventually being charged. Officers have managed to secure anti-social behaviour orders banning seven of the men arrested from returning to the area for some time.
Borough commander Chief Supt Bob Carr said: “They are all positive sentences and reflect the quality of the evidence put before the court.
“The fact they were almost all guilty pleas also reflects that the evidence was ongoing.
“Operation Mista was the result of a lengthy police operation targeting criminals in Blackstock Road,” he said.

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