Jack Tahir used aliases ‘Narrowrifle’ and ‘Midland Buck’ on the secretive Encrochat system to manage the distribution of drugs across the south east.
His ledger of illicit sales, which was later recovered by police, showed 30kg of cocaine – worth £1.146 million – being sold in the space of just three months.
While operating the drugs ring during the Covid-19 pandemic, Tahir shared a joke referencing the NHS Clap for our Carers movement.
“Just heard, there will be a round of applause between 4 and 5 tomorrow for all the drug dealers going out there and meeting people risking their life’s to keep people happy & high”, the message read.
Tahir – who was 19-years-old at the time of the offending – was caught after the Encrochat network was infiltrated by the National Crime Agency and police forces.
Croydon crown court heard he was linked to trade of cocaine, ketamine, cannabis, and amphetamines, while Rolex watches valued at £43,000 were found at the bedroom of Tahir’s Beckenham home when he was arrested in April this year.
Tahir pleaded guilty to conspiracies to supply cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis, and ketamine, as well as two money laundering charges.
“Jack Tahir was part of a sophisticated network responsible for the importation and onward distribution of drugs into the UK”, said Detective Constable Imran Hansraj, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
“Despite taking full responsibility for his actions, these were serious offences and Tahir will spend some of the best years of his life in prison.
"The drugs trade continues to fuel violence and exploitation on the streets of London and we remain committed to protecting the public.”