Croydon drug gang had huge cannabis factory growing in South Norwood home

A Croydon[1] drug gang caught growing a huge cannabis factory in South Norwood[2] had also stashed GBP20,000 in an armchair, a laundry basket and pairs of socks. Four members of the gang have been sentenced for money laundering offences, the supply of Class A drugs and the production and supply of Class B drugs. Brothers Gerald Shaw and Myles Shaw, of Elborough Road in South Norwood, Aaron Bennett, from Avro Road in Wallington[3] , and Nathan McEachron, of of Saxonbury Close in Mitcham, have all been convicted after an intelligence-led police investigation.

Police carried out a drugs raid at the Shaw’s South Norwood home in May 2018. The brothers were at home at the time and officers discovered a large cannabis factory with plants worth an estimated GBP10,000 in street value. Officers also found a large quantity of Class A drugs, more than GBP2,000 in and cash as well as mobile phones and weighing scales.

Gerald Shaw was at home with his younger brother in South Norwood when police found the cannabis factory

The brothers were both arrested.

Then in June 2018, Bennett, 30, was arrested after police watched him go to a garage on Kemble Road, by Wandle Park in Croydon. He was caught with a number of wraps of herbal cannabis and a carrier bag containing a larger quantity of herbal cannabis.

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Police then raided a home linked to Bennett in Salem Place, near Old town in Croydon, where officers found more than GBP20,000 hidden in an armchair, a laundry basket and pairs of socks. A search of Bennett’s Avro Road home recovered GBP1,200. 

Aaron Bennett was stopped and searched by police who saw him go to a Croydon garage

Another warrant in June 2018 executed at a home linked to MacEachron, in Birchanger Road in South Norwood, resulted in police finding a large quantity of skunk cannabis, more than GBP1,800 in cash, digital scales and drugs packaging. 

McEachron was not present when the raid happened, however, following further enquiries he was arrested on June 26, 2018.   The investigation did not end there. In December 2018 police searched another home in Elborough Road and recovered more than GBP500 in cash and a quantity of skunk cannabis. 

Croydon drug gang had huge cannabis factory growing in South Norwood homePolice found more than GBP1,800 in cash and digital scales in a Croydon home linked to Nathan Mceachron

Gerald Shaw, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and a separate charge of being concerned in the supply of cannabis.

He was sentenced to four years and five months, two years and 10 months, and two years and two months. They will be served concurrently. Bennett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and money laundering, to which he was sentenced to two years for the first count and 10 months for the second, to be served concurrently.

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McEachron, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and being concerned in the supply of cannabis, to which he was sentenced to three years for the first charge and 18 months for the second, to be served concurrently.

Myles Shaw, 26, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis, to which he was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for 18 months. He was also given an electronic monitoring curfew daily and a 15-day rehabilitation order.

Croydon drug gang had huge cannabis factory growing in South Norwood homeMyles Shaw has been put on an electronic tag

Gerald Shaw, McEachron and Myles Shaw were all sentenced on Thursday (October 24), while Bennett was sentenced on Wednesday (October 23). Detective Sergeant Damian Hill said: “The gang have benefited considerably from their criminality and like many others in their position, assumed impunity. 

“I hope this sends a message to other drug dealers, that you never know when police are waiting to bring an end to your enterprise.

Drug dealing and the associated criminality brings misery to the lives of many Londoners.”

References

  1. ^ Croydon (www.mylondon.news)
  2. ^ South Norwood (www.mylondon.news)
  3. ^ Wallington (www.mylondon.news)

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