London drug dealer Romaro Watson battered police officer and stabbed him with scissors during crack den raid

Romaro Watson was arrested along with his accomplice last November

Romaro Watson was arrested along with his accomplice last November

Monday, October 9, 2017

A London crack dealer punched a police officer in the face and stabbed him with a pair of scissors as he attempted to avoid arrest, it has emerged.

Romaro Watson has been jailed alongside fellow dealer Phil Kamulete. The pair, both 22 years old and from Newham, were given a combined 11 years in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

During the trial, the court heard that the pair were arrested after police raided an address on Disraeli Road in Newham last November, during which Watson violently tried to stave off the officers.

After attempting to discard what was later found to be crack cocaine out of the window, Watson repeatedly punched one officer in the face and attempting to stab him with a pair of scissors, until other officers detained him.

Kamulete, meanwhile, attemping to flee the property before being detained. As he fled, he was seen discarding two bundles of crack cocaine and heroin that had been bundled together for street supply.

An additional male, yet to be identified, fled the scene.

Numerous items found in the property showed evidence of the production of crack cocaine, including drugs in various stages of being bagged and a notebook with instructions on how to cook crack cocaine. In a vehicle outside the property, police found a hunting knife on the front passenger seat hidden under a pile of jackets.

Kamulete has been sentenced to a total of six years and six months' imprisonment, having been found guilty of one count of conspiracy to produce a class-A drug, seven counts of possession of a class-A drug and and one count of possession of criminal property.

Watson, meanwhile, has been jailed five five years and four months, having previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to produce crack cocaine; three counts of possession of a class-A drug with intent; one count of unlawfully wounding of a police officer; one count of assault with intent to resist arrest and one count of possession of criminal property.

Detective Sergeant Gary Harreman from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "We are pleased with the outcome of this court case. Investigations such as this show that the Metropolitan Police will actively seek to target those involved in organised criminality. We will strive to protect the public from these violent individuals."