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British Link-Up Crew
HEAD OF THE BRITISH LINK UP CREW, JAMAICAN, OWEN CLARKE, BETTER KNOWN AS ROY FOWL, HAS BEEN JAILED FOR 13 YEARS, FOR PRODUCING, POSSESSING AND SUPPLYING CRACK COCAINE.46 YEAR OLD CLARKE, WHO LED AN INTERNATIONAL DRUG RING FROM HIS HOME IN SUDBURY, NORTH LONDON, WAS CONVICTED TODAY.THE COURT HEARD THAT HE USED WOMEN AS "MULES" TO SMUGGLE THE DRUG FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO BRITAIN.ROY FOWL WAS CAUGHT IN JUNE LAST YEAR, WHEN A POLICE RAID YIELDED 51 KILOGRAMMES OF COCAINE, VALUED AT 1-MILLION POUNDS.DURING THE TRIAL, THE COURT HEARD HOW LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES WERE INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION, ALONG WITH THE UK'S OPERATION TRIDENT, WHICH SPECIALISES IN GUN CRIME IN LONDON'S BLACK COMMUNITIES.CLARKE LED A LAVISH LIFE, WITH TRADEMARKS SUCH AS BURNING 50-POUND NOTES, LEAVING PRICE TAGS ON 10-THOUSAND POUND DESIGNER SUITS AND WEARING EXPENSIVE GOLD JEWELLERY. HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, MAJOR RICHARD REECE, SAYS THE WHOLESALE EARLY RELEASE OF JAMAICANS INCARCERATED OVERSEAS WILL IMPACT THE COUNTRY'S SECURITY.MAJOR REECE WAS SPEAKING AT A KIWANIS CLUB MEETING TODAY IN KINGSTON.
Owen Clarke, 46, ran a global trafficking racket using a team of mostly women couriers to smuggle the drugs into the country. He enjoyed all the trappings of success, with a penchant for flashy diamond jewellery, vintage champagne and fast cars. Today he will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court after being convicted following a massive police inquiry spanning five countries. Clarke ran the cocaine and crackcocaine distribution business from a modest bungalow home in Sudbury, north London. He was also a music promoter and was head of the "British Link-Up Crew", an organisation that promoted music and dancehall events both in Britain and Jamaica.He used the group as a front for his drug-smuggling activities. Clarke exported several luxury cars to Kingston, including three brand-new, top-of-the-range Jaguar S types with personalised registrations - including the numbers 007 and WH 1P. His conviction last week on four counts of supply and possession of crack cocaine came after the biggest-ever investigation mounted by the Yard's Operation Trident task force, which tackles crime in the black community. In total 17 people linked to Clarke have been arrested and charged with drugs offences.So far 13 of them have received jail sentences totalling 123 years.
Owen Clarke, 46, spent a decade flooding Britain with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of crack, a highly addictive form of cocaine, the court heard.Detectives told the court that they could only guess at how much money he made.They are still scouring the globe to track down his extensive property holdings.At the height of his activities, 20 beautiful young Jamaican women smugglers carried 500,000 worth of cocaine into Britain every week, reported The Times.He would reward them with nights in top hotels and shopping trips.But he paid them in drugs to keep them hooked.DRUGS EMPIRE Yet he ran his drugs empire, one of the biggest ever uncovered in Britain, from a modest bungalow in north west London.From safe houses his lieutenants moved shipments of crack cocaine across Britain on buses and trains.But from inside the house, Clarke ran his empire like a well-ordered international business that stretched from the Americas through the Caribbean to every major city in Britain.It was thought to have a higher turnover than some Third World countries and had links to a number of South America's most notorious drug rings.Despite the modesty of his empire's headquarters, Clarke could not resist flaunting his wealth.He had a fleet of fast cars and a love of gold jewellery.A police search uncovered a cache of jewellery that included a diamond and gold crucifix worth more than 20,000.Clarke was the head of the Link-Up Crew.It took its name from the parties he would stage in Jamaica where fellow drug barons would brush shoulders with musicians.Police believe that he made more than 3 million every night he hosted these parties at the 7,000 capacity La Russe nightclub.In Jamaica he would drive around in a Jaguar with the personal number plate 007 and was one of the island's most successful music promoters.His arrest in June last year was the culmination of an intense police inquirey that lasted several years, spanned continents and led to more than 30 arrests worldwide.
Preliminary investigations have so far revealed that a number of influential businessmen have been implicated in a money laundering ring with Clarke.Owen Clarke, 46, ran a global trafficking racket using a team of mostly women couriers to smuggle the drugs into the country.He enjoyed all the trappings of success, with a penchant for diamond jewellery, vintage champagne and fast cars.Clarke ran the cocaine and crack-cocaine distribution business from a modest bungalow in Sudbury, near Wembley He was also a music promoter and was head of the British Link-Up Crew, an organisation that promoted music and dance-hall events in Britain and Jamaica.He used the group as a front for his drug-smuggling activities.In Britain, Clarke remained relatively anonymous, but in the Caribbean he flaunted his wealth.He exported several luxury cars to Kingston, including three new Jaguar S-types.His conviction last week on four counts of supply and possession of crack cocaine came after the biggest investigation mounted by the Yard's Operation Trident task force, which tackles crime in the black community.In Britain, Clarke opted for a low-key lifestyle, living with his English wife in a two-bedroom bungalow.He was arrested in a raid by Trident officers on a crack cocaine factory as he tried to climb out of a third-floor window.In total, 17 people linked to Clarke have been charged with drugs offences - 13 have been given jail sentences totalling 123 years."