A man who was the first to be convicted for County Lines drug dealing in Norfolk under modern slavery laws has been jailed.
Nathan Hamilton, aged 29, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on 18 September. The London resident had been driving two boys, aged 15 and 16, between the capital and Great Yarmouth to deal Class A drugs.
In a July hearing, Hamilton pleaded guilty to arranging the travel of another person with a view to exploitation. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
Hamilton appeared in court alongside Shaun Ellis, aged 26, and Blaire Carpenter-Angol, aged 27. At an earlier hearing, Ellis and Carpenter-Angol also pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
"This is the perfect example of how a County Line operates and it is the first case in Norfolk where we have secured a prosecution under modern slavery laws."
The court heard how Ellis supplied crack cocaine and heroin in Great Yarmouth, while serving a prison sentence in HMP Wayland for other matters. He phoned Hamilton, who he had employed in a managerial role, daily.
Officers tracked Ellis to the top of the County Line following the arrest of Hamilton in Great Yarmouth last October. Officers apprehended Hamilton after finding him in a car with Carpenter-Angol.
While he was in police custody, Carpenter-Angol was harbouring drugs within his bowel. Almost 600 wraps of crack cocaine and heroin were removed from his body in hospital.
Hamilton was sentenced to 10 years and nine months in prison whilst Ellis will serve 11 years and eight months. Meanwhile, Carpenter-Angol was sentenced to five years in prison.