Cocaine dealer from Croydon gets 12 year jail term

A man has been sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to supply five kilos of cocaine and obtain a machine gun.

Stephen Dynan, 37, of Wolsey Crescent, Croydon was handed his jail term at Croydon Crown Court on Friday of last week.

He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing at the same court on March 5 to conspiracy to obtain a firearm – a Skorpion machine gun – and conspiracy to import and supply cocaine and import cannabis.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to carry out a sophisticated warehouse burglary and conspiracy to transfer criminal property

All charges relate to offences committed between March and June 2020.

Specialist Met officers used data-led intelligence to bring Dynan to justice, gathering enough evidence to show he was using an encrypted device and was involved in a conspiracy to import and supply drugs from overseas.

This expensive and sophisticated technology was used in an attempt to conceal his criminal activities.

Officers analysed messages on the encrypted device and attributed the device with the ‘Hastybasil’ handle to Dynan. Messages that were sent and received by Dynan were analysed by officers and revealed discussion of large amounts of drugs being imported and moved by Encrochat.

Investigations revealed that the 37-year-old was also involved in the planning of a sophisticated burglary and plotting to falsely imprison multiple people.

Officers conducted a warrant at Dynan’s home address on January 12, last year, where he was arrested.

Detective Inspector Driss Hayoukane, who led the investigation, said: “I’m extremely proud of my team of officers who secured the 12-year conviction of Stephen Dynan following a persistent data-led operation.

“He was involved in these conspiracies and used an encrypted platform without considering the ripple effects of drugs and firearms on the wider society.

“He believed that using encrypted platforms would keep him out of reach of law enforcement agencies, but the contents of the device led to his downfall.

“We are determined to robustly deal with criminals who impact the lives of those around them.”

Pictured top: Stephen Dynan (Picture: The Met)


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