Prolific county lines drug dealers jailed for over 14 years
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Two prolific drug dealers, along with one of their drug runners, who ran the ‘Bobby’ county line from London into Surrey, have been jailed for a combined total of 14 years and seven months after they were found guilty of a string of drug offences at Kingston Crown Court last Friday (26 November).
Adrece Hussain, 24, of Eastbourne Road in Hounslow, was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment and was ordered to forfeit £12,000 in cash after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin, possession of criminal property and possession of cannabis.
Connor Woodburn-Hall, 24, of Lionel Road North in Hounslow, was sentenced to seven years and one month imprisonment after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
A 17-year-old boy from Richmond-upon-Thames was given a two year rehabilitation order and will be subject to a six month curfew and exclusion from the borough of Hounslow. He will also be subject to 90 days of intensive supervision.
The trio’s crimes came to light after intelligence led to officers conducting a warrant at all three of their homes in June this year. Both Hussain and Woodburn-Hall were found to be in possession of burner style phones, which when examined, contained hundreds of messages linked to drug supply on the Bobby line.
The 17-year-old boy was found to be in possession of an estimated £5000 worth of cannabis, along with handwritten rap lyrics glorifying his lifestyle of dealing drugs and carrying knives.
In total, £8300 worth of drugs were seized from the trio in the space of a year, and £12,200 in cash was seized from Hussain in the same period, after a joint operation between Surrey Police and The Metropolitan Police Service’s Op Orochi team.
Police Constable Ben Deacon, who investigated the case, said: “Hussain and Woodburn-Hall pursued a lifestyle that exploited the vulnerable purely for their own selfish gain. For the most part, they hid in their London homes counting their profits whilst they directed others to deal crack cocaine and heroin on their behalf. Hussain even boasted to one of his ‘runners’ that he had multiple youths from his Hounslow estate queuing up to sell drugs for him. There is nothing glamorous or worthy about the life they led, nor the one they enticed and trapped their underlings into. I hope they spend their years in jail considering the negative impact they’ve had on the community and those who looked up to them.
“From the young people trapped at the bottom of the criminal food chain, the vulnerable addicts and their families, to the wider violent and theft-based criminality they cause, county lines tear apart and poison every person and community they touch. But the public and the police can work together to stop this criminality; please report suspicious activity, even if you don’t see anything being done, your information helps officers see the bigger picture and form the most effective strategy to bring down perpetrators. ”
If you are concerned about drug use or drug dealing in your area, contact us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, always dial 999.
What are the signs of potential drug dealing?
- Lots of visitors, who don’t stay very long, arriving at all times of the day and night
- People waiting in cars outside particular properties exchanging small packets or cash
- Lots of visitors bringing items such as T.V's or bikes but leaving empty handed
- Lone/vulnerable neighbours suddenly having groups of young men living at their address.
What we want to know:
- Time, date and place
- Vehicle registrations and the make, model and colour
- Descriptions of people and details of what they were doing
- Direction they are travelling to and from
- How many times you have seen them – is it always at the same time of day?
Don’t put yourself at risk while gathering this information. Please always pass the information to the police and do not confront or approach suspected drug dealers.