A member of an organised crime network who modelled himself on real and fictional gangsters, was jailed at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, 26 April for nine years and three months.
Oluwatobi Sunmonu, 26 (28.06.91) of Artillery Place, Woolwich was arrested as a result of an intelligence-led investigation carried out by the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command.
His co-conspirators, Toni Ferry and Iyisha Levine, were also arrested.
On 20 May 2017, officers searched a room at the Queens Hotel Bayswater where they found four bags locked with padlocks. The bags were found to contain:
– Five handguns;
– One semi-automatic firearm;
– One silencer;
– A large quantity of live ammunition;
– A large quantity of component parts of ammunition;
– A large quantity of Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin).
The drugs were valued at approximately £152,000.
Detectives also discovered a false driving licence in the name of Thomas Corleone. The picture on the licence was of Sunmonu, who they identified after reviewing CCTV at the hotel. He was arrested by officers at a later date.
Detectives believed Sunmonu modelled the structure of his gang and the way he conducted his criminality on both real and fictional gangsters. A book titled “The Supreme Team” was found locked in Sunomnu’s safe which details the rise of an organised crime syndicate in New York City in the 1980s. In correspondence between Sunmonu, Ferry and Levine, Sunmonu often referred to his group as The Supreme Team.
Ferry, Sunmonu’s girlfriend, had assisted in renting and paying for the hotel room where the drugs, firearms and ammunition were stored. The group paid in excess of £28,000 to rent the room over one year and five months.
Ferry and Levine played a key part in Sunmonu’s drug enterprise, and would stay in hotel suites for days at a time, preparing and packaging large quantities of Class A drugs ready for distribution.
Officers also discovered a number of firearms had been purchased and delivered to Ferry’s home address in Islington.
Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives uncovered an Organised Criminal Network (OCN) divided into two areas of business – the supply of firearms and ammunition and the supply of Class A drugs. Sunmonu oversaw the criminality and would purchase firearms and ammunition before distributing them to gangs in a wider criminal network.
Oluwatobi Sunmonu, 26, (28.6.91) of Artillery Place, Woolwich and Toni Ferry, 23, (2.05.94) of Lamb’s Passage, Islington were both charged with:
– Seven counts of conspiracy to enable others to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life;
– One count of conspiracy to enable others to possess ammunition with intent to endanger life;
– Two counts of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply (cocaine and heroin).
Iyisha Portia Levine, 29, (2.03.88) of Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill was charged with two counts of conspiracy to possess Class A drugs with intent to supply (cocaine and heroin).
Sunmonu pleaded guilty to all offences on 20 November 2017.
Ferry and Levine denied the charges, but were convicted following a two-week-long trial at Harrow Crown Court. They were sentenced on Monday, 16 April to 13 years’ and five years’ imprisonment respectively.
Detective Sergeant Mark Attridge, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “This has been a complex and protracted investigation in which my team of detectives worked tirelessly to dismantle this criminal network and bring these defendants to justice.
“Sunmonu was the head of his organisation and compared himself to both real and fictional gangsters as he distributed drugs and firearms across London.
“It became apparent Sunmonu clearly believed that he as the supplier and not the end user of his drugs and firearms was somehow not responsible for the misery that he inflicted on the streets of London.
“I would like to thank my detectives who brought these criminals to justice, I am incredibly proud of the contribution they make on a daily basis to keep London safe.”
Levine was originally charged with multiple firearms offences, but these were not proceeded with.
Sunmonu was also charged with possession of an identity document with improper intention, but this was not proceeded with.