Woodford Green couple and Stepney Green man charged with drugs offences

Three people from Ilford and Tower Hamlets were arrested as part of a suspected organised crime bust.

Three people from Woodford Green and Stepney Green were arrested as part of a suspected organised crime bust. - Credit: PA Archive/PA Images

Three people alleged to be part of an organised crime group (OCG)  suspected of managing the distribution of large quantities of drugs across London, have been charged following a series of arrests by City of London Police.

On Thursday, December 3 officers from the Central Detective Unit conducted searches at six addresses in east London and Essex as part of a crackdown on drug-related offences.

A married couple from Woodford Green - Wesley Candida, 29 and Vanessa Candida, 28, of The Hawthorns - as well as Wanderson Rocha Dos Santos, 30, of Stayners Roads, Stepney Green, were charged with three counts of conspiracy to distribute class A drugs, as well as proceeds of crime offences.

They are due to appear in court on January 4.

It is suspected that the OCG were distributing a variety of drugs in large amounts, in particular, chemsex drugs, or party and play drugs.


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Another person was also arrested and has since been bailed while officers continue with their enquiries.

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