28/03/2012 11:48 BST | Updated 28/03/2012 11:59 BST

Drug Dealer In Thusha Kamaleswaran Gang Jailed For Dealing While Holding His Baby

Drug dealers from the same notorious gang which gunned down five-year-old Thusha Kamaleswaran have been jailed.

Albert Polack, 47, was described as "callous and shocking" for handing out crack cocaine while carrying his 13-month-old baby daughter in his arms.

Detectives believe they delivered a major blow to the south London-based GAS (Guns and Shanks) gang by capturing Polack and associates Gregory Coleman, 39, and Edroy Bryan, 63.

They were imprisoned just two days after fellow gang members Nathaniel Grant, Kazeem Kolawole and Anthony McCalla were convicted of opening fire into Stockwell Food and Wine, leaving Thusha, now six, paralysed.

Polack, of Rupert Gardens, Brixton, was jailed for fours years, Bryan, of New Park Road, was imprisoned for 10 months, and Coleman, of Aspinall House, received four-and-a-half years at Inner London Crown Court, Scotland Yard said.

Four other dealers with the gang are already behind bars after an intelligence-led swoop on the streets of Brixton.

Detective Inspector Lee Hill said: "We believe the seven individuals who have been brought to justice as part of this operation were responsible between them for much of the street dealing activity - and associated violence - in Brixton."

Detective Sergeant Martin Groves added: "We welcome the fact that the last three members of the group from the GAS gang are now in jail.

"Polack, who carried his baby with him while dealing, was described as 'callous and shocking' by the trial judge.

"The area targeted - bordered by Vassall Road, Brixton Road, Coldharbour Lane, and Loughborough Road - is safer as a result of these convictions, as are the community who live there."

The seven dealers were caught in an operation by the London Crime Squad (LCS), launched last April.

Polack, who admitted eight counts of supplying crack cocaine, operated in the park area of Gordon Grove with his little girl hoisted on his shoulders. He sold wraps of crack cocaine he kept hidden in his mouth.

Bryan admitted one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, while Coleman pleaded guilty to seven counts of supplying crack cocaine, one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine, and one count of conspiracy to transfer criminal properties between Jamaica and the UK.

The other four individuals - Christopher Edward, 35, of Tindall Street, Brixton, John Sibley, 47, of Styles Gardens, Brixton, and two boys, aged 16 and 17 - were jailed in September last year.

The Metropolitan Police recently announced a crackdown on gang membership in the capital, resulting in hundreds of arrests.

Further raids were carried out after the murder of 17-year-old Kwame Ofosu-Asare in Brixton, which followed a spate of gang-related stabbings.