‘Drugs baron’ shot

Dead man con­victed of im­por­ta­tion of­fences

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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