Five men jailed for 36 years for running two county drugs lines in Cambridgeshire

Tue 25th, Sep

Five men who sold drugs in Cambridgeshire via two ‘county lines’ have been jailed for more than 36 years.

Five men who sold drugs in Cambridgeshire via two ‘county lines’ have been jailed for more than 36 years.

The men, who have links to a Hackney street gang, were sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday (21 September) after being convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The men used two dedicated phone lines nicknamed ‘Ricki’ and ‘TJ’ to sell drugs in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

They were arrested following a proactive operation carried out by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and the Metropolitan Police’s Central Gangs Unit, and supporting by the National Crime Agency. During the course of the investigation, drugs with a street value in excess of £17,000 were seized, along with designer jewellery and cash.

Rashayne Hunter, 20, of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, Hackney, was sentenced to ten years and six months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a Class A drug.

Samuel Awoyera, 20, of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, Hackney was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment after being found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a Class A drug.

Sherif Isiaka, 19 of Eastdown House, Amhurst Road, Hackney pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A. He was sentenced to seven years and five months’ imprisonment.

Jodeci Ofulue, 24, of Parkside Estate, Rutland Road, Hackney was sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment. He had previously pleaded guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a Class A drug.

A 17-year-old was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment and was found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a Class A drug and one count of possession of criminal property.

Detective Sergeant Barry Townsend, from ERSOU, said: “We work hard alongside our partner agencies to disrupt and dismantle organised criminals operation across the eastern region. “As well as bringing dangerous drugs into an area, county drugs lines also see vulnerable people taken advantage of and can lead to an increase in violence in the area that the line is operating out of, so we’re really pleased to have been able to secure these convictions.”

DS Gary Clarke of the Met’s Trident’s Central Gangs Unit, said: “This was a complex investigation into a lucrative ‘county line’ drugs network, operating between Hackney and Cambridgeshire. “Drug dealers prey on local users and use violence and intimidation, bringing with them misery and violent crime to local communities. “These sentences demonstrate just how seriously the criminal justice system is taking the issue of county lines drugs rings.”