A Deliveroo-style drug gang sold cocaine, MDMA, GBL and heroin with a £2 delivery charge – with a takeaway menu offering a range of narcotics.
Detectives busted the £3million Brazilian operation, where customers would order from a “menu of narcotics” on a phone line and have it delivered by a courier in 10 minutes.
Kingpins Suellen Miguez, 36, and Diego Arruda Reis, 35, lived an extravagant lifestyle in expensive homes in London and Surrey and driving luxury cars including an orange Lamborghini.
Drivers were paid £730 a week to collect the drugs from Airbnbs and self-storage lockers in an inconspicuous package and collect the cash for the business.
The racket came to an end in 2018 when police seized drugs worth more than £3m and found evidence of at least £2.4m in transactions.
A drugs menu offered illegal substances after customers placed a “minimum order of £32” – including of £30 worth of drugs plus an additional £2 delivery fee, The Sun reports.
It offered cocaine for upwards of £55, while a gram of MDMA was on sale for £20.
Cannabis was available from £5, while 10g of speed cost £85, with a gram of heroin – labelled ‘Hero’ – costing £80 per gram.
Clients then provided their full postcode ahead of delivery.
The menu was split into four sections – including weed, cocaine, MDMA and heroin.
Henrique Bernardo Medina Salles, 27, who ran the day-to-day running of the drug network, and Carlos Eduardo Libardi Da Silva, 35, who managed finances, were the couple’s chief lieutenants.
Detectives received intelligence relating to a “drugs phone line” being used by the group in March 2018, police said.
They also had temporary offices simply called ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ which were stocked from various London based self-storage facilities used by the organised crime network.
Suitcases were used for rapid movement of the drugs together with the necessary items to prepare them for sale.
Between 25 July and 20 August 2018, officers disrupted the operation by carrying out a series of arrests in Wandsworth and Newham.
On 25 July 2018, Braga Da Silva was arrested after £500,000 worth of drugs were found in a vehicle, along with three peli-cases that contained the contents of a mobile drug supply unit.
Officers also seized £40,000 in cash and drug equipment from the vehicle including the plastic wrapping and a credit card receiver to handle card transactions.
Following the arrest of Braga Da Silva, Diego Da Souza Arruda Reis fled to Spain on the same day.
Officers worked with Interpol to extradite him back to the UK in December 2018, where he pleaded guilty at Inner London Crown Court.
Miguez and Libardi Da Silva were arrested shortly after on 30 July 2018.
Miguez was seen leaving a self-storage unit on Ingate Place in Battersea, in possession of more than £100,000 worth of drugs.
It was identified that Libardi Da Silva had dropped Miguez off at the address a short while before, and he was quickly located and apprehended in Clapham, south London.
Salles was linked to the gang through police surveillance and arrested in Newham in August 2018 in a white van coming from Stansted Airport.
Six members of the gang were caught and four were found guilty of 14 counts of conspiracy to supply or offer to supply Class A, B and C drugs on 20 March 2019.
Miguez and Reis, the latter who pleaded guilty, were sentenced to 13 years imprisonment.
Salles and Libardi Da Silva received an eight years’ prison sentence.
In addition, Dyego Melo Dos Passos, 33, was sentenced to a total of six years and eight months’ imprisonment last December after pleading guilty.
Isabella Braga Da Silva, 23, was sentenced to three years and eight months in March 2020 after being found guilty of the 14 counts of drug conspiracy. She was then deported to serve her sentence in Brazil.
Detective Constable Gary Smith, from the Specialist Crime Command, said: “These men and women were supplying dangerous drugs to vulnerable people who often didn’t know what they were taking.
“They lived a lucrative lifestyle, paying £12,500 in rent for a property in St George’s Hill in Weybridge and driving around in a flamboyant orange Lamborghini. Their lives will now dramatically change as they spend many years in prison.
“Drugs can cause significant and life-altering harm, have a horrendously negative physical and mental impact on users and this gang were making huge profits whilst potentially destroying lives.
“We will do everything in our power to disrupt these criminals. Please keep supplying us with information either about drug dealing, or about people you feel may be exploited by drug dealers.”
Inspector Allen Davis, from the Met’s Honour, Belief and Sex (Crime and Vulnerability) Partnership Team, went on to say: “The Met is committed to working in partnership through Project Sagamore to tackle the crime-related risk, harm and vulnerability within the Chemsex context.
“The drug(s) of choice predominantly but not exclusively used in the Chemsex context are Crystal Methamphetamine, Mephedrone and GHB/GBL (G). With GBL there is also a significant risk of overdose, which can result in death.
“The effects of the drugs used also promote extreme behaviours leading to vulnerability and exploitation; the use affects memory recall and results in evidential difficulties and barriers to reporting, attracting perpetrators to the scene as a result.
“We recognise that controlled drugs used within the Chemsex context bring a number of challenges.
“In addition to the potential harm for the individual person who engages in sexualised substance misuse of addiction and health-risk sexual behaviours, chems can be weaponised to harm others (particularly GHB/GBL) and as in this case the supply attracts the involvement of Organised Criminal Networks.”