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London gang caught with '£1million worth of cocaine' jailed

JAILED: Paul Arinzechi and John Paul Emenneh [L-R]

THREE MEN were jailed yesterday after being caught in possession of approximately £1,000,000 pound worth of cocaine.

John Paul Emenneh, 37, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine.

Emenneh's accomplices, Paul Arinzechi, 42, and Paulo Poeira, 29, were sentenced to 6 and 3 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine.

The gang first came to police notice when Poeira was found in possession of cocaine with a street value of £5,000 in his car, following a meeting with Emenneh in a Hanger Lane car park in September 2011.

SENT DOWN: Paulo Poeira

Suspicions were raised further when Emenneh failed to account for £40,000 found in his possession following a trip to Birmingham in October 2011.

Emenneh claimed at the time that the money was the proceeds of a second-hand electrical goods business he ran in Senegal, but subsequent enquires revealed that he had in excess of £500,000 going through his accounts in the last six months of 2011.

A month later, Emenneh was stopped by officers after leaving an address in Woolwich and was found carrying a significant amount of cocaine.

A subsequent search of the properties by officers uncovered large quantities of cocaine and cutting agents, used to bulk-out the drugs, drug packaging paraphernalia and over 6 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of over £1,000,000.

Emenneh pleaded guilty on 11 April 2012. Arinzechi and Poeira both pleaded guilty on 17 February 2012.

Detective Constable Gavin Collins from the Met's Specialist Crime and Operations Central Task Force said: "In undertaking this operation, the Met's Central Task Force has worked tirelessly with local police in and around London to dismantle a group of criminals involved in supplying cocaine through London, fuelling serious youth violence."

"Their prison sentences should go some way in reassuring the public that we are dedicated to removing drugs and those supplying them from the streets of the capital, including targeting their financial assets," he added.

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