Two men who took over a vulnerable resident’s home in Greenwich and turned it into a drug dealing den have been jailed.
George Browne, 21, of Chatham Place, Hackney and Tristan Aarons, 26, of Parkspring Court, Erith set up a heroin den in the lounge and made the owner of the Roan Street property stay in his bedroom.
They stashed almost a gram of the Class A drug in a make-up bag and collected £1,300 from their deals.
Police from from Greenwich’s Violent and Organised Crime Unit who raided the property in Tamair House on December 8, 2015 also found a large hunting knife hidden in a fridge near Browne.
Officers forced their way in following a tip-off and found the three men in squalid conditions and the 60-year-old owner confined to his bedroom. The defendants had taken his key from him and were forcing him to knock at his own door to gain access.
During court proceedings Aarons explained the cash found by claiming he was a car salesman but later concocted a different story. However, phone evidence linked both defendants to drug dealing from the address with Aarons apparently the ringleader.
Both men were both found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of possession with intent to supply heroin.
Browne was sentenced at the same court on Friday, 1 July, to two years and three months’ imprisonment while Aarons was jailed for six years and three months.
PC Craig Johnson, of Greenwich’s proactive disruption team, said: “I am extremely happy with the outcome of this case. Aarons and Browne took over a vulnerable man’s address in order to conduct their drug dealing business.
"They have shown little or no remorse for the embarrassment and distress they caused. The occupant has since been rehoused.
“Officers from the team will continue to target and disrupt drug dealing in Greenwich and I would encourage any members of the public with information about this type of activity to contact police."