A group of drug dealers transporting large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin from Croydon to Brighton have been jailed for 13 years.
The group of five men (calling themselves the TB line) would stay in various hotels in Brighton, in which they would prepare their drugs for sale on Brighton’s streets.
The 5 men are among 75 arrests made during a six-month operation carried out by detectives from Brighton and Hove Police’s Community Investigation Team into the city’s drug supply, between October 2016 and March 2017.
Detective Constable Jon Freeman said: “On December 16 2016 heroin and crack cocaine worth just under £5,000 was recovered. This had been brought down from Croydon by the group on the previous night. This was considered to be a mere snapshot of their regular activities and on other occasions drugs and cash were recovered.
“These sentences are the latest for those arrested as a result of our major drugs operation targeting the supply of heroin and crack cocaine into the city. ”
Charles Ogunnowo, Nigel Changambi and Jan Cinan (pictured left to right) all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of cannabis. At a trial at Lewes Crown Court last September, Joseph Sseruwo was found guilty of possessing criminal property (£900 that had high traces of heroin contamination), but the jury were unable to reach a verdict regarding his alleged role in the conspiracy. He was acquitted by a jury at the retrial at Portsmouth Crown Court that took place last month.
Ogunnowo (22) of Crest Road, Croydon, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and possession of cannabis. Changambi (20) of Browning Close, Crawley, and Cinan (20) of Lavender Sweep, London, were both sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment each for the same offences as Ogunnowo, when they appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday 1st February.
Sseruwo (24) of no fixed address, received a six month jail sentence for possessing criminal property (£900 cash) and was fined £100 for possession of cannabis on 19th January.
William Burrell-Ashbee (27), (pictured left), of Howard Place, Brighton, pleaded guilty to supplying heroin to another person on 16th November 2016. He operated alone, and received a four year sentence after appearing at court on 26th January.
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