County lines drug dealers jailed for 100 years with £160k of cash and drugs seized

County lines drug dealers have been jailed for a total of more than 100 years.

Thursday, 12th September 2019, 7:00 am

Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Southern Impact Team has achieved the convictions in just over a year since it formed in May 2018.

It had made more than 134 arrests and seized cash and drugs worth more than £160,000.

The proactive team carry out planned policing operations including warrants and arrests acting on intelligence reported to the force from a variety of different sources, including 101 calls and reports made through the website.

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Items seized from county lines drug dealers. Photos: Cambridgeshire police

As well as prison sentences totalling more than 100 years, others have received fines, community orders and suspended sentences. The team also has a further 70 cases either awaiting trial or sentence.

Sgt Paul Street, who heads up the Impact Team, said: “There is a significant demand for crack cocaine and heroin in Cambridge, and as a result the market is and remains attractive to county lines.

“The team work tirelessly to tackle county lines drug supply and organised crime group disruption. We are committed to bring people to justice for serious drugs offences which bring a whole host of criminality to our county, including violence and exploitation.”

In January, the ‘boss’ of a London drugs gang, known as ‘Pepsi’, received the highest sentence to date in Cambridge, eight years.

Timothy Okunzuwa was found dealing crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin out of a woman’s apartment in Chesterton Road, Cambridge last summer.

Sgt Street added: “The public have a vital role to play in building the information and intelligence picture. We’re grateful to all those who have come forward to enable us to continue to target those who operate in the drugs environment.”

For further information about drug networking visit www.cambs.police.uk/information-and-services/Drug-networking,