Jail for 'County Lines' gang supplying drugs between London and Sussex

Five people have been jailed for a total of 32 years for their involvement in county lines drug dealing in West Sussex.

Police discovered drugs worth around £78,000 during searches at addresses in London and Bognor Regis. The four men and one woman were arrested during the raids.

Around 700 grams of Class A drugs was recovered with a potential street value of £66,000. Also at the address was the 'deal line phone', controlling what was known as the 'Henry' drugs line selling heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of West Sussex.

At the flat in Bognor Regis, Holly Gittings and Adam Braggs were arrested, having been found with over 1000 wraps of Class A drugs with a potential street value of around £12000.

A car owned by Gogu was seized, which had been moving the drugs from Ilford to Bognor.

Liban Abdulle, 30, from Pittman Gardens, Ilford who was out on prison licence when detained at the flat, was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment. Abubaker Sahal, 30, of Leytonstone Road, Stratford, East London, was sentenced to eight and a half years imprisonment.

Holly Gittings, 23, from Lewisham, received a six and a half year prison sentence.

Igors Gogu, aged 37, and from Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis, was sentenced to six and a half years, and Adam Braggs, 33, from Berrymill Close, Bognor Regis was sentenced to 35 months.

All apart from Gogu, had offered guilty pleas prior to a trial. He was found guilty after a two day trial at Guildford Crown Court on 30 June.

Sentencing the five, Judge Stephen Mooney described how Abdulle and Sahal, with no ties to Sussex, had overseen the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine onto the streets.He said that Class A drugs 'wrecked lives and communities and had a corrosive effect on society'.