Mother and two sons jailed for 24-hour cocaine ring
PUBLISHED: 14:16 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010
A REGENT'S Park mother who enticed her two sons into a 24-hour drug dealing racket supplying cocaine to West End clubbers has been jailed. Karen Stott, 49, recruited her sons Khan, 24, and Vidal, 22, to join the delivery service she ran from her home in L
A REGENT'S Park mother who enticed her two sons into a 24-hour drug dealing racket supplying cocaine to West End clubbers has been jailed.
Karen Stott, 49, recruited her sons Khan, 24, and Vidal, 22, to join the delivery service she ran from her home in Longford Street.
Police believe the lucrative business, which raked in hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, had a client list stretching from clubs in central London to the edge of the M25.
Stott frittered the massive profits living the high life - driving a luxury car, taking exotic holidays and buying designer clothing.
Vidal, a qualified gym instructor, of Oxford Road, Kilburn, and Khan, of no fixed address, both told police it was their mother who encouraged them to start dealing class A drugs.
The trio worked on a rotating shift to cater to the needs of their young, affluent clientele.
Customers would phone the family members to meet them in clubs and hotel foyers - with the mother using her convertible Mercedes SLK to ferry the cocaine around.
The Met's vice and clubs unit smashed the operation after undercover officers bought £5,000 of cocaine from each of the family members in and around Oxford Street during a six-month surveillance period.
After returning from a holiday in Barbados, the mother was arrested at her home on September 18. Vidal was arrested in Edgware Road on the same day and Khan handed himself in. All three admitted dealing drugs and were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday.
Karen and Vidal Stott were each jailed for three years, while Khan received 27 months in prison.
Judge Martin Beddoe told Ms Stott: "This was well organised and on no less than 23 separate occasions over the course of some five months test purchasers were able to buy significant quantities of cocaine, acting very speedily to requests made for such supply.
"To compound the seriousness of your position, this activity was one into which you let your sons become involved.
"They were and are grown men so I do not exaggerate the culpability on your part.
"But there's every indication that but for your lead and encouragement neither would have become involved.
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