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.
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.
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.
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.
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.