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Man who posed with boxing legend Mike Tyson jailed over drugs and stun gun

October 2, 2019

LEGEND: James Riches posted this picture with boxer Mike Tyson on Facebook (James Riches/Facebook) 

A DRUG dealer, who once posed with boxing legend Mike Tyson, has been jailed for five years.

James Riches, 46, of Brownspring Drive, Eltham today pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a stun gun.

 He was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for drugs possession and one month for possession of a stun gun, to be served concurrently at Woolwich Crown Court.

 

MUGSHOT: Riches after his arrest by the Met Police (above) and in a Facebook snap (top) 

The court heard that on June 17 this year, a drugs warrant was executed at Riches’ house.

A Met Police spokesman said: "On searching the property, officers noticed that floorboards in the stairway cupboard appeared loose.

"When they were pulled up, a void was located in which 3.5kg of high purity cocaine was found in four black plastic bags hanging from a hook."

WEAPON: Stun gun found at Riches' property (Met Police) 

Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard, from Specialist Crime, said: “The Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command will continue to target those who supply large quantities of class A drugs, and bring them to justice. 

 

SEIZED: Drugs (above) were found hidden in a black bag hanging under the floorboards (Met Police) 

"The linking of a stun gun to the possession of these drugs shows the close link between dealing drugs and violence in our communities, which we are determined to reduce.”

In January 2014 Riches posted a black and white image of himself posing with Tyson and joked that he could "knock him out" even if the boxer had already smashed his teeth in.

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