London man jailed for human trafficking and county lines drug smuggling in the South West
Emad El Haddad, 22, has been jailed for seven years and two months for his role in the supply of drugs in the South West. He pleaded guilty at Taunton Crown Court on his first day of trial to two drug offences and one human trafficking offence.
El Haddad trafficked a 15-year-old boy to transport and sell the drugs for him, whilst he remained at his home in London. The boy was reported missing by his mother and subsequently arrested in Weston with 200 wraps of drugs in his boxer shorts.
Initially El Haddad claimed that he was also the victim of modern slavery, but our case was always that he had been the one controlling others. This was finally conceded when the defendant pleaded guilty at court on 1 September 2021.
Alex Ward of CPS South West said: “Drug dealers from large cities often use smaller towns as a way to expand their criminal activities.
“In this case Emad El Haddad coerced a 15-year-old boy into transporting drugs from London into the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare. He used the teenage boy as a way of trying to distance himself from his criminal activity.
“CPS South West worked closely with Avon & Somerset Police to present a robust case, leading to El Haddad pleading guilty to the drug supply and human trafficking offences on the first day of trial.”
Notes to editors
- Alex Ward is District Crown Prosecutor in the Crown Court Unit of CPS South West.
- Emad El Haddad (DOB: 10/06/1999) pleaded guilty to:
- Two counts of Possession with Intent to Supply
- One count of Arrange or Facilitate Travel of Another Person with a View to Exploitation.
- Emad El Haddad was sentenced to seven years and two months imprisonment and received a Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Order imposed for 10 years.