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Gang jailed for running 'county line' drugs network

Four 'county lines' drug dealers have been jailed. Credit: MET Police

Drug dealers who ran a so-called 'county lines' network between London and Cambridgeshire have been jailed.

The Hackney-based gang used dedicated phone lines to sell heroin and cocaine in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

They have been sentenced to a total of more than 36 years.

Drug dealers prey on local users and use violence and intimidation, bringing with them misery and violent crime to local communities.

– DS Gary Clarke

The men, who all have links to a street gang in Hackney, sold the drugs via phone lines nicknamed ‘Ricki’ and ‘TJ’.

  • Rashayne Hunter, 20, of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, Hackney - sentenced to ten years and six months’ imprisonment.
  • Samuel Awoyera, 20, of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road, Hackney - sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment.
  • Sherif Isiaka, 19 of Eastdown House, Amhurst Road, Hackney - sentenced to seven years and five months’ imprisonment.
  • Jodeci Ofulue, 24, of Parkside Estate, Rutland Road, and Hackney - sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment.
  • A 17-year-old who can't be named - sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

Jodeci Ofulue was arrested on 2 November 2017 as he approached an abandoned vehicle in Hawksbill Way, Peterborough.

When police attempted to stop him he ran away, dropping his keys and the mobile phone controlling the ‘Ricki’ line.

Police found nearly £14,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine, scales and used latex gloves in the car.

The other men were arrested at their home addresses on 1 March this year.

During the course of the investigation, drugs with a street value in excess of £17,000 were seized, along with designer clothing, jewellery, cash in excess of £25,000 and a watch valued at more than £20,000, which had previously been reported as stolen.

DS Gary Clarke of 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.”