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Aziz twins ‘used missing minors in drug supply chain’

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Two missing boys from London have been located following a search on a ‘drug house’ in Hertfordshire, where they had been used to peddle heroin and crack cocaine for a pair of siblings implicated in county lines drug distribution. Officers from Operation Orochi conducted the operation and detained 24-year-old twin brothers Omar and Malik Aziz near their Streatham residence on January 18, 2022.

Police seized from Malik a mobile phone whose number corresponded to a prominent Hatfield narcotics line. It directed minors to distribute narcotics and promote the sale of heroin and crack cocaine. A pair of ‘Hoodrich’ gloves were also confiscated from Malik, linking him to a suitcase containing a firearm and eight rounds of ammunition that was discovered at their residence.

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Firearm linked to Malik Aziz //MET

The twins’ DNA was also discovered on the small inert Sig Sauer self-loading pistol that was captured on the suspect’s phone. CCTV footage recovered from Malik and Omar Aziz’s residence revealed that the two missing children, ages 14 and 15, visited the residence prior to their disappearance.

Samir Mustafa, age 24, was identified as the individual who transported the children to and from the Hatfield address while he was disqualified from driving. After being found in the vicinity of Crawford Place in Westminster, he was apprehended the day after his identical accomplices.

In addition to seizing more than £2,000 in cash and Samir Mustafa’s driver’s licence, the address was also searched for a ‘zombie’ knife.

Met Police believed that the twin drug traffickers would have supplied the narcotics to them at their residence prior to reselling them.

The two minors were referred to Children’s Services by their respective local authorities and the Single Competent Authority/National Referral Mechanism rather than being prosecuted.

Detective Constable Dec James, the investigating officer from Operation Orochi, said: “County lines drug dealers exploit young and vulnerable people to facilitate their drug supply. They hope that by using vulnerable children as drugs runners they will shield themselves from identification and prosecution by law enforcement. This is because frequently, these exploited persons are too scared to assist police.

“Drill music was also used to glorify their criminal activities. I hope this sentence sends out a message that we will not tolerate the exploitation of children nor the supply of drugs. We will pursue those involved, irrespective of whether the victim assists the police or not.

“The additional recovery of a loaded firearm associated with these perpetrators reflects the intractable association between drug supply and violence.”

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Ammunition found at twins’ home address //MET

The three men were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday, 2 May after pleading guilty at the same court. They are:

  • Malik Aziz, 24 (26.10.98), of Eastwood Street, Streatham was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine/heroin and possession of a firearm.
  • Omar Aziz, 24 (26.10.98) of Eastwood Street, Streatham was sentenced to three years and two months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
  • Samir Mustafa 24 (8.4.99) of Stone Street, Reading was sentenced to two years and three months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine/heroin and driving whilst disqualified.

All three were also issued with ten-year Criminal Behaviour Orders, with conditions which include ‘not making, participating in and/or publishing any material inciting gang-related violence and not to be in the company of any persons ages 16 or under without the express permission of their parents or legal guardian.’

Orochi, in collaboration with Rescue and Response, has conducted 20 operations since 1 April 2023, liberating 27 children from County Lines and charging 25 individuals with modern slavery offences.

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