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Oct 14 2013

Wealdstone drugs dealers jailed

maher_al_sharreifTwo Wealdstone drugs dealers were sentenced to a total of eight years and six months imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday 10 October for drugs offences.

Kristian Palnoni, 22 (24/10/91), of Tillotson Road, Harrow was given three and six months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Maher Al-Sharreif, 21 (8/4/92), also of Tillotson Road, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, after a five day trial and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. Judge Anderson also ordered for all of the cash found on Al-Sharreif at the time of his arrest to be forfeited.

“With these two both in prison, criminal activities have seriously been disrupted”

Police from Harrow’s Crime Squad executed a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at Mason’s Avenue, Wealdstone on Thursday, 16 May. Palnoni and Al-Sharreif were both at the premises at the time. Al-Sharreif was detained by police, but Palnoni escaped through a first floor window. Despite an extensive search of the area by local police, the air support unit and officers from the dog section Palnoni evaded capture and went to ground.

A large quantity of class A drugs, drugs paraphernalia and cash was found inside the premises and along the escape route of Palnoni.  Al-Sharreif was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply heroin and cocaine.

Crime Squad officers carried out a series of arrest enquiries to known addresses for Palnoni and a few days later, knowing that police were looking for him,  he handed himself in at Harrow Police Station.

Al Sharreif and Palnoni were both charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs; heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine hydrochloride and were remanded in custody.

Prior to trial at crown court, both defendants made several bail applications which were rejected on every single occasion.

There was damning evidence against Palnoni and he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity, but Al-Sharreif, protesting his innocence, pleaded not guilty. His trial started on Thursday 26 September at Harrow Crown Court and after five days the jury found him guilty of possession with intent to supply heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine hydrochloride.

The total street value of all drugs involved in this trial was approximately £2550.00. Other items found in the premises that were shown to court were: various types of drugs paraphernalia, digital scales, razor blades for cutting up drugs, cling film and a large quantity of cash.

DC Sayed Quraishi of Harrow’s Crime Squad said:  “Both Palnoni and Al-Sharreif are main players in the Wealdstone area where others followed their lead. With these two both in prison, criminal activities have seriously been disrupted and will remain so for a while.

“This is a reassuring message for local residents and businesses in the area and sends out a strong message to those intent on breaking the law that police in Harrow will not tolerate any criminal activity.”

Source: Harrow Police

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