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Dagenham man caught in social media drug ring

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Symon Karmolinski, Maciej Budzinski, and Amanda Bueser

An internet drug ring that utilised post offices, including one in Havering, to send out deliveries to its consumers has been exposed.

The Metropolitan Police claim they disrupted a ring in east London that utilised online platforms such as ‘World Pharmacy’, ‘Baked Bros’, ‘Baked Store’, and ‘Caliukvapes’ to garner an audience.

Between August 2022 and May 2023, 88 items were seized, including a “substantial” number of controlled drugs.

They also had cutting agents used to bulk out the drugs, scales, empty bottles, post office labels, drug ledgers, and many mobile phones.

online drug ring called baked store
White blocks of drugs, with the Baked Store channel in the background (Image: Met Police)

The total value seized is estimated to be worth £153,743.

Customers who were subscribed to these channels on Telegram or WhatsApp could place orders and the Class A, B and C drugs would be discretely packaged and shipped via mail services, police said.

An investigation into the Baked Bros store channel, which had 3,300 subscribers, revealed adverts for drugs and a Snapchat account offering various substances – including cocaine, cannabis, LSD, ecstasy, magic mushroom pills, codeine, amphetamine and oxycontin.

Symon Karmolinski
Symon Karmolinski was sentenced (Image: Met Police)

Symon Karmolinski, 25, oversaw day-to-day operations and accounting, while his fiancée Amanda Bueser, 25, worked on packaging, logo design, and even passed on drug orders from her pals.

She also utilised her bank account to accept proceeds from the illegal activity.

Amanda Bueser
Amanda Bueser (Image: Met Police)

Maciej Budzinski, 26, was working as a customer service representative when he was captured on CCTV at the Collier Row Post Office sending out multiple items.

According to the Metropolitan Police, Karmolinski routinely visited Budzinski’s residence in Dennington Road, Beckton, to collect items and deliver them to post offices such as Pier Parade in North Woolwich, Prince Regent Lane in Plaistow and East Ham High Street.

Last May 22, warrants were served at Dennington Road, Siviter Way in Dagenham, and Hainault Road in Leytonstone.

The offenders received their sentences last Friday (May 24) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Maciej Budzinski
Maciej Budzinski (Image: Met Police)

Budzinski, of Dennington Road, was sentenced to ten years and eight months imprisonment.

Karmolinski, of Siviter Way, was sentenced to five years and ten months imprisonment.

Bueser, of Siviter Way, was given a 15-months suspended prison sentence and told to complete 250 hours of unpaid work.

Det Insp Dave Mannell, who led the investigation, said: “The sentences handed down are the result of a detailed investigation into the supply of controlled drugs with a national customer base.

“We know about the link between drugs and violence, and that drives us to crack down on offenders and place them before the courts.

“The evidence gathered by my officers, during what has been a complex and extensive investigation, has ensured that a significant amount of drugs will now not be sold on the streets of London.”

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