Chemsex drug dealer ‘Cardinal Hume’ is jailed for 45 months

Cookery teacher, 49, who revelled in his Breaking Bad-style double life as chemsex drug dealer ‘Cardinal Hume’ and laundered his £50,000 profits in the Philippines is jailed for 45 months

  • Andrew Hume, from Streatham, London, would host dinner parties to deal meth 
  • Police raided Hume’s home in December 2016 and found a bottle of GBL drug
  • Also found 64 grams of crystal meth worth up to £12,800, hidden in a footstool
  • Hume also used a laptop with a sticker from the crime drama ‘Breaking Bad’
  • At Inner London Crown Court today he was sentenced to 45 months in prison 

Andrew Hume (pictured), 49 and from Streatham, hosted dinner parties to deal crystal meth and referred to himself as ‘Cardinal Hume’ when discussing the sale of drugs in text messages

A chemsex drug dealer who called himself ‘Cardinal Hume’ and revelled in his ‘Breaking Bad’ image has been jailed for 45 months.

Andrew Hume, 49, hosted dinner parties to deal crystal meth and used the religious moniker in text messages about the sale of drugs.

The part-time cookery teacher also smuggled large quantities of GBL and laundered £50,000 of his profits by sending the cash to the Philippines, Inner London Crown Court heard.

Police raided Hume’s home in Natal Road, Streatham in December 2016 and found a bottle of GBL and 64 grams of crystal meth worth up to £12,800, hidden inside a footstool.

Hume also used a laptop with adorned with a sticker from the crime drama ‘Breaking Bad,’ about a depressed teacher who turns to drug dealing.

He admitted having the GBL and crystal meth, but denied supplying it for profit.

‘Given the quantity, we say he was intending to supply all of it because there is too much for personal use,’ said Bill McGivern, prosecuting.

‘He was supplying to larger numbers of people, including those who attended his dinner parties.

‘He was the go-to person to obtain crystal meth and that was within the chemsex scene.’

Mr McGivern said ‘deal lists’ were found in Hume’s bedroom, containing a rundown of his customers.

When police raided the £600,000 home he shared with friend Simon Bennett and found nearly three litres of GBL, Hume claimed the liquid was for cleaning his friend’s classic car.

When police raided the £600,000 home (pictured) Hume shared with friend Simon Bennett they found nearly three litres of GBL. They also found 64 grams of crystal meth worth up to £12,800, hidden inside a footstool

Hume claimed: ‘We have (it) for Simon’s classic car, a Citroen, it is used for refurbishing the wheels.’

But his bank statements revealed a regular stream of money going in and out of his account despite the part-time teacher not working since 2013.


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Mr McGivern told the court: ‘Mr Hume was dealing in crystal meth for some time.

‘Some of the drugs clearly were consistent with personal use but the larger amount was clearly for supply.

‘There was a warrant issued after five litres of GBL was intercepted by border forces.

‘These five litres would have been the equivalent of 2,500 shots or something like that.’

The prosecutor told how drugs and associated paraphernalia were found at Harman’s flat.

Andrew Hume (left) and Simon Bennett (right) are pictured leaving court. Bennett, 52, who owned the three-bedroom house in Streatham, was acquitted of allowing his premises to be used for drug dealing as well as possession of cocaine and crystal meth

‘Also found were a series of notebooks which essentially set out a snapshot of Mr Harman’s dealings over a period of time.’

Hume’s drug supplier Nicholas Harman, 36, failed to turn up at court for sentence and was jailed for three and a half years in his absence.

Bennett, 52, who owned the three-bedroom house in Streatham, was acquitted of allowing his premises to be used for drug dealing as well as possession of cocaine and crystal meth.

Liam Edwards, defending Hume, told the court: ‘This is as drug not widely used. It is primarily used in the gay community in small circles for chem sex.

‘He has come today with a bag – he knows he is going to prison, there is no other option.’

The hearing was halted twice after Hume started sobbing loudly from the dock.

Mr Edwards said: ‘I’m afraid Mr Hume was very distressed, he tells me that he is able to continue.’

Hume, from Streatham, was found guilty of possession with intent to supply GBL, possession with intent to supply crystal meth, smuggling and possession of GBL and two counts of possession of criminal property.

He was sentenced to a total of three years and nine months imprisonment.

Harman, also from Streatham, was convicted of possession with intent to supply crystal meth, possession with intent to supply GBL, fraudulently evading prohibition by importing GBL, offering to supply crystal meth, offering to supply GBL, possession of MDMA and possession of ketamine.

He was sentenced to three years and six months in his absence.

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