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Drugs gang jailed for deals worth £250k in Ipswich

The five men were jailed for a total of 25 years. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A drugs gang which supplied more than a quarter of a million pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine across Ipswich has been jailed for a total of 25 years.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Suffolk Police carried out an intelligence-led investigation

Following a three-week trial 30 year old Jerome Daley from Ilford and Kristian Pullen, 39 from Ipswich were convicted of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May 2016 and May 2017.

Daley was sentenced to 11 years and six months imprisonment, and Pullen was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Jerome Daley was sentenced to 11 years and six months Credit: Met Police
Kristian Pullen was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years Credit: Met Police

Paul Butters, 33, from Ipswich pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May 2016 and May 2017. He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Paul Butters from Ipswich Credit: Met Police

Kyron Nestor-Thelwell, 23, from Hackney and Andy Mokonzele, 32, from High Wycombe pleaded guilty to the same charges at an earlier hearing. Thelwell was sentenced to six years imprisonment, plus an additional 10 months for activating a previous suspended sentence to be served consecutively. Mokonzele was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment.

Kyron Nestor-Thelwell pleded guilty at an earlier hearing Credit: Met Police
Andy Mokonzele pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing Credit: Met Police

Detectives discovered that Daley, described as the kingpin of the gang, ran a phone line which he used to text drug users in Ipswich informing them when he had drugs for sale. Users would then call or text the line to place their 'orders' and, using the same line, Daley would contact his drug runners including Butters, Mokonzele and Pullen to give them details of the delivery.

Thelwell, a close associate of Daley, would travel from London to Ipswich several times a week to restock the runners and collect money made from the deals.

This conspiracy set up is that of a so-called ‘county line’ where drug runners are locals who are exploited to run and deliver drugs, and in turn are paid in drugs to supply their own habit.

Officers from the Met and Suffolk Police carried out the investigation Credit: PA

Throughout the course of the year-long investigation approximately 150 individual wraps of cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £1600 and a total of £2600 in cash was seized.

It is estimated the drug gang made the journey to Ipswich on at least 170 separate occasions, and made a total of approximately £273,000 in the space of 12 months.

"This was an extensive proactive operation between the Met and our colleagues at Suffolk Police which has led to the successful prosecution of six members of this network. I hope this result sends a clear message that we will continue to pursue gangs in this way, wherever in the UK they are operating. The harm that drugs cause communities across the UK will not be tolerated."

– Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Crime Command

“Suffolk Constabulary continues to work with the Metropolitan Police to disrupt and hold to account individuals involved in the organisation and supply of drugs. The convictions show how police forces working together can make a difference.”

– Superintendent Kerry Cutler, Suffolk Police

"County lines is a national challenge for police forces and our partner agencies. We are working hard with partners throughout the country to disrupt supply networks and safeguard vulnerable people affected by them. The impact drug supply has on communities is immense and our work to disrupt this criminality continues apace, using all the legislation available to us."

– Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Crime Command