A MEMBER of an organised crime group who arranged large drug deals using encrypted devices has been jailed.

Stephen Seabrook, 57 of Copthall Road East, Ickenham, was sentenced to nine years at Isleworth Crown Court on Tuesday (15).

He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Seabrook was arrested at his home last July following an attempt to evade officers by jumping out of a window.

His property was searched and officers found a number of mobile phones. Analysis showed messages relating to drug deals involving large quantities of cocaine.

The investigation formed part of Op Eternal, which has resulted in more than 500 arrests since last summer.

Det Sgt Bryn Jefferies said: "Seabrook was part of a much bigger drug-dealing network which the Met has been working hard to dismantle.

"The link between drug-dealing and violence is clear and the consequences cause misery in communities across London.”