Order given to drug dealer - Watford

13/03/2014

A drug dealer from Watford who was convicted of supplying cocaine last year was given a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) at St Albans Crown Court Court on Tuesday, 11 March 2014, which will come into force when he is released from prison.

Omar Khan, aged 34, from Ashfield Avenue, Bushey, was sentenced to 4 years in May 2013 after a warrant was executed at his home and a large amount of cocaine was found.

The offence Khan was convicted of involved a significant amount of cocaine and police found the drugs supply operation to be highly sophisticated. There were reasonable grounds to suspect that Khan would return to dealing drugs on his release from prison.

A Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO) is given to people who have been convicted of a serious crime. It places certain restrictions on an individual's movements, activities and associations.  Breaching these restrictions may lead to further action by police and offenders can face up to five years imprisonment. The order is in place for three years from Khan's release from prison.

The order prevents Khan from:

  •  Being in possession of cash in excess of £2000 (or equivalent).
  • Having more than one bank account, the details of which shall be provided to the police.
  • Owning, possessing or controlling more than two mobile communication devices (mobile phone, a mobile VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol),  a Portable Digital Assistance (PDA) or any other mobile communication device equipped to send or receive data).
  • Using taxis or mini-cabs.
  • Associating with three named associates - Ozan Hendley or Lee Raymond Cook who were convicted as part of the same drugs supply conspiracy and Ian Harris who had previously been linked to him.

He must also notify police of all vehicles he has control of.

The restrictions placed on Khan will greatly restrict his ability to return to a life of crime and therefore reduce the risk he poses to the community when he is released.

Only four of these orders have been granted in Hertfordshire since they came into force in 2008.