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Drug dealer jailed for 13 years
Owen Clarke
Owen Clarke was known in the music industry as Father Fowl
A drug dealer has been jailed for 13 years for producing, possessing and supplying crack cocaine.

Owen Clarke, 46, who led an international drugs ring from his home in Sudbury, north London, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday.

He used women as "mules" to smuggle the drug from the Caribbean to Britain.

Clarke was caught when a police raid yielded 51 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of 1m. Two of his accomplices were also jailed.

Known in the music promotion business as Father Fowl, Clarke used gigs to launder money.

Those who deal in class A drugs deal in death
Judge William Kennedy
He led a lavish life with trademarks such as burning 50 notes, leaving price tags on 10,000 designer suits and wearing expensive gold jewellery.

His capture in June last year marked the end of one of the biggest undercover investigation's by Operation Trident, which specialises in gun crime in London's black communities.

The operation also involved America's FBI and law enforcement agencies in Jamaica, Antigua and St Lucia.

More than 30 people have been arrested world wide as a result and of those, 13 people have already been jailed for a total of 123 years.

'Lives shattered'

Passing sentence, Judge William Kennedy told Clarke his own "arrogance" and a "professional" police operation had led to his capture.

He said: "Those who deal in class A drugs deal in death. Class A drugs destroy families and ruin lives.

"Those who supply others are responsible indirectly and directly for much of the violent, acquisitive crime which so terrifies decent people and shatters the lives of so many."

The judge added that although he was not making a formal recommendation for Clarke's deportation to his native Jamaica, his sentencing comments would be sent to the Home Secretary.

Confiscation hearing

This was in the hope Clarke was "never at liberty on the streets of this country again," he said.

Jason Saddler, 24, from Wembley, north-west London, described as Clarke's lieutenant, was jailed for five years.

He admitted supplying crack cocaine and being involved in its manufacture.

Evan Powell, 21, of no fixed address, a courier for Clarke, admitted possessing cocaine with intent to supply and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

A confiscation hearing is due to take place later this year.


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