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Crack-dealing pensioner from North Finchley jailed for peddling drugs in Soho and West End
A “brazen” crack-dealing pensioner from North Finchley has been jailed for almost three years.
Alvin Ricketts, 74, wore flamboyant hats and outfits so he would stand out to customers as he sold the class A drugs on the streets of Soho to fund his own habit.
The drug addict, who lived in sheltered housing in Mayfield Avenue, would regularly travel to central London to peddle the drugs in the heart of the West End.
He was one of 38 dealers jailed for a total of more than 70 years under a Metropolitan Police crackdown on drugs and associated crime in Soho.
On October 14 at Southwark Crown Court, Ricketts reversed his previous denial and pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying crack cocaine.
He was jailed for two years and nine months and handed a five year anti-social behaviour order.
Detective Chief Superintendent Kevin Southworth, senior officer leading the operation, said: "Ricketts was truly brazen in his offending, wearing a variety of quite flamboyant hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that made him stand out.
"His conviction and sentence should be a stark warning to others that Westminster Police are absolutely committed to tackling drug-related crime in all its forms."