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Drug dealer who ran extensive county lines operation in Norfolk is jailed for eight years

John Abodunrin has been jailed for eight years Credit: Norfolk Police

A man who played a significant role managing drug dealing networks between Norfolk and London has been jailed for eight years.

John Abodunrin, 25, from Barnfield Gardens in London, appeared before Norwich Crown Court charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

The court heard how Abodunrin managed three key mobile phone lines linked to drug dealing groups in London.

The phones were used to sell drugs to users in the Norwich and Great Yarmouth areas and between July 2017 and March 2018 all three phone lines had sent and received a total of 143,075 messages or calls.

Following an investigation by Norfolk Constabulary’s Tactical Unit, Abodunrin was arrested at Norwich bus station on Thursday 22 March.

Officers arrested him as he arrived in the city on a bus from London and found him in possession of a number of mobile phones, 36 wraps of cocaine and sim cards.

Abodunrin’s arrest was the culmination in months of intelligence and evidence gathering by officers under Operation Gravity. When you look at the number of texts and calls being made on these phones it reflects the size and scale of some of these drug dealing networks.

"Today’s sentence means we have been able to disrupt a significant part of this activity. It sends a clear message that Norfolk Police are robustly dealing with criminals like Abodunrin whilst helping to safeguard and protect those vulnerable members of our community who are exploited by Class A drug dealers.”

– Detective Inspector Tom Smith