The past comes back to collect in London
BE LFB 2015

London Fields Brewery may be one of the hottest British breweries at the moment, loved by many celebrities.

But, according to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, the brewery had to shut down due to the arrest of its founder, Jules de Vere Whiteway-Wilkinson.

Jules, a boy from a prominent family that made its fortune in property speculation and farming, was convicted for creating a gang which supplied millions of pounds worth of cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis to brokers and bankers.

In a period of a year, the gang spent more than 7 million pounds on cocaine to sell to his high-end costumers. Mr. Whiteway-Wilkinson lived like a king in a 300.000 pounds home in the east side of London, with great cars and even an airplane, which he used to traffic the drugs into the country.

At the time of the arrest, the police had identified 4,5 million pounds in assets, but believed further fortunes could be stashed on other countries.

After serving half of his 12-year sentence, Jules was freed in 2010 with the obligation to pay back a confiscation order of 3,2 million pounds until May 2015. Few months back in the free world, he decided to set up London Fields.

Soon the brewery became a huge success creating a demand across the city, taking several pubs and stores to begin to stock its brews.

The brewery became a celebrity magnet. Robert Pattinson, Twiilight series’ star spent his New Year’s Eve at the brewery partying with his girlfriend, British singer FKA twigs. Others were seen at the brewery as well, such as David Schwimmer, star of the popular comedy series Friends.

In a court hearing at the end of 2014, Jules argued that the brewery was becoming a successful business and he would be able to pay this debt, therefore it was better for the community and its taxpayers if he stayed free and in business. But later he was arrested on suspicion of tax evasion, his house and the brewery was searched and documents were taken away to build the case against the former drug dealer.

At the moment, operations are shut down and the brewery has fired the staff. There will be a hearing on the 26th of May to continue the procedures of the new accusations against Mr. Whiteway-Wilkinson.

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