‘Drugs baron’ shot
Dead man convicted of importation offences
FATHER-of-three who was shot dead in a ‘targeted’ attack in Uxbridge last week was a ‘drugs baron’, it has emerged.
Redwan El-Ghaidouni, 38, was gunned down at point-blank range while sitting in a parked car, outside his home, in Vine Lane, shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, February 3.
The car dealer was convicted, in 2011, for drug importation and possession offences, which led to his £300,000 apartment in Dubai Marina being seized by the authorities in 2014 in order to repay his illgotten gains.
The seizure was believed to have been the Crown Prosecution Service’s first
Aever successful enforcement of a UK confiscation order in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the CPS’s Proceeds of Crime Service, Mr El-Ghaidouni – described as a ‘drugs baron’ – had profited to the tune of £424,891.12 from his criminal activities.
One resident, who did not want to be named and lives in the road where Mr El-Ghaidouni was shot dead, said: “It’s quite a shock because my husband walked past every day but we didn’t know who was living there.”
On Thursday, forensic officers searched for clues in the driveway of the house.
A message left at the entrance read: “Reds, you was a diamond geezer and will be sadly missed. May God bless you Reds. Love you loads.” Another said: “May Allah make it easy for you. Love A.”
Detectives investigating the murder say Mr El- Ghaidouni was shot by a lone gunman, who fired multiple shots into the car. The suspect is said to have then fled on foot through an alleyway leading to Saunders Road, before running off towards Honey Hill.
Police say he was wearing a dark, hooded top with a large motif on the front, light coloured bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes or trainers.
Officers are appealing for witnesses, who they say will be spoken to in strict confidence. Local police have reassured residents that they “will not rest” until the area is safe and reminded local people that the murder was not a random attack.
Anyone with information should call 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.