Key member of Tottenham Mandem gang jailed for 11 years for running heroin factory from his bedsit

PUBLISHED: 16:18 02 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:53 02 August 2013

Jailed: Warren Leader

Jailed: Warren Leader


A leading member of the notorious Tottenham Mandem gang who ran a heroin factory from his bedsit has been jailed for a total of 16 years.

Warren Leader, 33, was one of four Tottenham Mandem gangsters jailed in 2002 for kidnapping and torturing two rival drug dealers after luring them to the Broadwater Farm Estate.

The gang tormented two men with a hot iron and boiling water, before ‘mashing’ their toes with a hammer, leaving them both writhing in agony.

Leader was jailed in 2002 for 11 years, and vowed to “go straight” upon his release in February 2009.

But last October police raided his drugs factory at his bedsit in Kendall Parade, Silver Street, Edmonton.

Officers found 63.8g of heroin and 14.1g of crack cocaine, together worth £7,500, hidden in the washing machine, as well as a double-ended samurai sword.

The next day they searched Leader’s mother’s address in Tottenham for firearms, but while the same sword was there, Leader was not.

He was later arrested in a car in Westminster with a modified pistol, which he tried to throw away.

He cried out “Mandem, Mandem” to fellow gangsters at the scene, but he pleas for help were ignored, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Judge Michael Gledhill QC told Leader: “The fact of the matter is you were part of the North London gang, TMD, and you were an important member.

“When you left prison in 2009, I have little doubt that your intention was to put your past behind you and to lead an honest life.

“That intention did not last long and you are in the dock for a quite deliberate decision to join a gang and take part in serious criminal activity.”

Leader, now of Gloucester Drive, Finsbury Park, denied two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply but was convicted by a jury and was sentenced to six years on each count, to run concurrently.

He had earlier admitted possessing a prohibited firearm and having a firearm with intent to resist arrest.

He was sentenced to 10 years for the latter offence and five years concurrently for the former.

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