A profoundly deaf 20-year-old was at the centre of a drug dealing gang uncovered during a police sting, a court has heard.
Five men are being sentenced today for their part in the organised ring dealing cannabis on the streets of Ladbroke Grove in West London.
Fouad Soussi, aged 20, who was born deaf, was the principal street dealer in the operation, Isleworth Crown Court heard at the sentencing hearing today.
Scotland Yard detectives uncovered the ring while investigating a spate of violent attacks linked to a turf war which had erupted in the area at the end of last year.
Photos of gang members Zakaria Chentouf and Sophian Chhayra posing with thousands of pounds of criminal money and bags of cannabis were recovered on mobile phones following their arrests.
Prosecutor Tyrone Silcott told the court 24-year-old Chentouf was at the head of the conspiracy and supplied drugs to Soussi who was the principal dealer.
Ahmed Mahomud, 20, his brother Yousif, 19, and Chhayra, 24 acted as middlemen between the two.
An undercover operation by police between March and May this year recorded dozens of deals carried out on the Wornington Estate.
Soussi, Chentouf, Ahmed Mahomud and Chhayra previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and have been remanded in custody.
Chentouf also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and possession of cocaine.
Yousif Mahomud aged 19 pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class B drugs and has since been released on bail.