A TURKISH mafia don has been jailed for 20 years for plotting to flood the streets of London and the south east with millions of pounds worth of heroin.

The gang used a kebab factory as a distribution centre in the plot but they were snared after one of them inadvertently led police to the premises.

Gang leader Hamit Gokenc, aged 49, of Firhill Road, Bellingham, was jailed for 20 years for his part in the heroin plot in December 2005.

But details of his conviction and his involvement in organised crime can now be reported for the first time after Abdullah Gol, 38, became the final gang member to be jailed.

Known as The Godfather, Gokenc had a "massively significant role" in the Turkish mafia.

Detectives believe he also had links to the militant Grey Wolves in Turkey, which were behind a wave of bomb attacks and shootings that killed hundreds of people in the late 1970s.

Gokenc's gang used connections in Holland to import 12.7 kilos of top-quality 'brown' into Britain and stored it at a depot in Bennett's Castle Lane, Dagenham, Essex.

Blocks of the drug were smuggled into the country in hollow computer towers, then stored at the factory.

The gang were kept under police surveillance and the factory was raided in February 2004 after Cafer Goktas, aged 37, led police to the haul.

Police caught Gokenc and two other men with 22 kilos of heroin in the car park of a Tesco supermarket in Romford in May 2004.

The shipment of drugs was set up to pay for the loss of the drugs at the kebab factory.

Gol claimed he was unwittingly "dragged into" the conspiracy but was found unanimously guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court and jailed for 11 years yesterday.

He had stood trial previously but a jury could not reach a decision and he was retried.

Gol admitted he knew the gang members and that he was in telephone contact with them, but claimed he knew nothing of the heroin plot.

Judge Martin Reynolds told him: "You know perfectly well from what you have heard in relation to your fellow conspirators that those who engage in this filthy trade must expect to go to prison for a long time.

"I am prepared to accept that the part you played was less than the others.

"But I am quite satisfied that you played such a part as the others required of you."

But the judge said he would not make a recommendation for deportation because Gol's family is settled in the UK and it would be "a great hardship" for them if he was removed from the country.

Gol, of Richmond Road, Dalston, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin between February 1, 2004 and March 1, 2004.

His jailing means eight men have now been jailed for a total of 105 years for their involvement in the multi-million pound drugs racket.

After a trial last year Yusef Sofu, aged 30, of Nash House, Prospect Hill, Walthamstow, was jailed for 15 years; Cafer Goktas, of Paddock Wood, and Keenan Tasli, aged 41, of New Road, Gravesend, were both jailed for 12 years, Ahmet Biberoglu, aged 41, of Richmond Road, Dalston, was jailed for 13 years; Erdal Aydin, aged 53, of Brunswick Park Road, New Southgate, was sent down for 10 years.

Joseph Put, aged 52, of Paal, Belgium, was jailed for 12 years after a separate trial earlier this year.

They were all convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin.