County lines leader jailed and drugs money donated to women's refuge
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A man has been sentenced to four years and five months behind bars after pleading guilty to drug offences.
TJ Le, 20 of Gogmore Lane, Chertsey was sentenced when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (23 September).
Le was arrested on 31 March this year after police intelligence linked him to a Snapchat account used to direct a county lines drug dealing operation supplying crack cocaine and heroin in the county.
Le had four phones on him and £1755 in cash when he was arrested, and officers searching Le in custody found 48 wraps of class A drugs hidden in his underwear. He was charged with supplying class A drugs, possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and possessing criminal property.
Surrey Police’s investigation was able to demonstrate that Le’s personal phones and multiple phones used to run the county line were often located in the same places, providing further evidence of his status as ringleader.
The money Le had on him when he was arrested will now be donated to Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid.
PC Katherine Stevens, the investigating officer in this case says: “It’s pleasing to take a prominent dealer and holder of a county line off the streets for a significant amount of time.
“We are determined to disrupt the supply of drugs in our local communities and are working tirelessly to ensure that those dealing drugs experience the same fate as TJ Le.
“The eyes and ears of members of the public are one of our biggest weapons in tackling county lines drug dealing so please report any suspicions to us – on our website, or through a direct message on our social media channels is the best way to do this. Your information could be really valuable in helping us draw up a detailed picture of what’s going on and putting a stop to it.”