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‘Flamboyant’ pensioner jailed for dealing crack cocaine

PRISON BOUND: Alvin Ricketts

AN ELDERLY man with a taste for ostentatious fashion has been jailed for nearly three years for dealing crack cocaine on the streets of central London.

Alvin Ricketts, 74, of Mayfield Avenue, north London, pleaded guilty yesterday at Southwark Crown Court to two counts of supplying the drug and was handed a prison term of two years and nine months for each offence, which are to run concurrently.

He was also hit with a five-year ASBO (anti-social behaviour order) from the court.

Ricketts has now become one of 38 drug dealers to be convicted of selling drugs in the Soho area – police officers working on Operation Rense have been able to secure a total of over 70 years in prison sentences for them.

Detective chief superintendent Kevin Southworth said: “Alvin Ricketts was one of a group of drug dealers arrested as part of Operation Rense who congregated in Soho.

“Ricketts was truly brazen in his offending, wearing a variety of quite flamboyant hats, dinner scarves and other outfits that made him stand out.

“The 74-year-old would regularly travel from his sheltered housing accommodation to sell class A drugs in the heart of the West End and his conviction and sentence should again be a stark warning to others that Westminster Police are absolutely committed to tackling drug-related crime in all its forms.”

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