Two brothers from Whitechapel have today been jailed for over eight and a half years after pleading guilty to importing and supplying more than a tonne of diluting agents used in the supply of cocaine.

Saleh Ahmed, aged 29, of Herbert House, Old Castle Street, Whitechapel E1, was handed a five years and seven months prison sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

His brother, Siddique Ahmed, 23, of the same address, was sentenced to three years in prison.

The jury heard that the brothers formed a company, Simply Benzo Limited, selling so called cutting agents, according to police.

The substances, often found in legitimate drugs such as painkillers, can be mixed with illegal Class A drugs to maximise dealers’ profits.

The court heard the brothers sold the anaesthetics benzocaine and procaine and the painkiller phenacetin, along with other chemicals via the Internet, according to police

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