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‘Don Corleone’ boss sold guns to gangs

Drugs dealer jailed along with girlfriend modelled himself on The Godfather gangster family

04 May, 2018 — By Helen Chapman

Jailed: Oluwatobi Sunmonu and Toni Ferry

A GUNRUNNER and his girlfriend have been jailed for their part in an organised criminal network supplying drugs and firearms.

Oluwatobi Sunmonu, 26, and his partner, Toni Ferry, 23, from Finsbury, were arrested after an undercover operation by the Met’s gang unit.

Officers, who had been staking out the gang, searched a hotel room and found an arsenal of guns, ammunition and Class A drugs, worth more than £150,000.

Detectives said that Sunmonu had modelled himself on fictional gangsters. They found a fake driving licence under the name of “Thomas Corleone”, the surname of the mafia family at the heart of The Godfather movie.

Ferry was found to have assisted in renting and paying for the hotel room in Notting Hill, where the drugs, firearms and ammunition were stored. The gang paid in excess of £28,000 to rent the room over 17 months.

Police said Sunmonu would buy firearms and ammunition before distributing them to gangs in a wider criminal network.

Ferry and co-conspirator Iyisha Levine, 29, would stay in hotel suites for days at a time, preparing and packaging large quantities of Class A drugs ready for distribution.

One of the guns recovered by police

The group were caught in May last year when officers found £152,000 worth of cocaine and heroin, as well as guns and ammunition, in a room at a Bayswater hotel. The haul included five handguns, a semi-automatic firearm and a silencer.

Officers also discovered that firearms had been bought and delivered to Ferry’s home in Lamb’s Passage.

A book, The Supreme Team, locked in Sunmonu’s safe, detailed the rise of an organised crime syndicate in New York City in the 1980s. In messages between Sunmonu, Ferry and Levine, Sunmonu often referred to his group as “The Supreme Team”.

Ferry was jailed for 13 years and Levine for five at Harrow Crown Court last month after their conviction on conspiracy charges following a two-week trial.
Sunmonu, who admitted conspiracy charges and possessing drugs, was jailed for nine years and three months at a separate hearing.

Detective Sergeant Mark Attridge, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “Sunmonu was the head of his organisation and compared himself to real and fictional gangsters as he distributed drugs and firearms across London.

“It became apparent Sunmonu clearly believed that, as the supplier and not the end user of his drugs and firearms, he was somehow not responsible for the misery he inflicted on the streets of London.”

He added: “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.

“I am incredibly proud of the contribution they make on a daily basis to keep London safe.”


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