A Richmond man caught with 2kg of cocaine has been jailed.

On January 25, officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime North Proactive Syndicate Officers observed Mark Lambie, of Romford and Jamal Primus of N17 arrive at a pub on Ship Lane in Mortlake in separate vehicles.

A short time later, Richmond man Ben Hamill arrived and handed Lambie a white bag. The men then left the location and officers later carried out a stop of two vehicles, including the car Lambie and Primus were travelling in, on Seven Sisters Road, N4.

Two kilos of cocaine were recovered and the men were arrested.

On January 29 Hamill was arrested. A search of his home in Buckingham Road revealed 15 sets of packaging containing cocaine residue, identical to the packaging found wrapped around the cocaine seized on January 25.

On September 20, Hamill was sentenced to four-and-a-half years' imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to supplying cocaine.

Detective Inspector Pete McDonald, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This successful operation has seen a significant amount of cocaine removed from the drugs market. Thanks to the dedication of my team, these gang members have been removed from the streets of London and will now serve lengthy sentences.

“Drugs destroy lives and fuel crime and violence in our communities. We will not stop in our efforts to robustly target this kind of criminality and I hope the sentencing serves as a stark reminder to those involved in drugs offences.”