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London-based Samuel Awoyera, Sherif Isiaka, Jodeci Ofulue, two others bag 36 years imprisonment for drugs

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Samuel Awoyera (left), Sherif Isiaka (middle) and Jodeci Ofulue
Samuel Awoyera (left), Sherif Isiaka (middle) and Jodeci Ofulue

 

Five men from Hackney, London who sold drugs in Cambridgeshire via two ‘county lines’ were sentenced to over 36 years’ imprisonment on Friday at Wood Green Crown Court.

 

 

Rashayne Hunter, 20 (22.07.98) of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road in Hackney was previously found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine). Yesterday he was sentenced to ten years and six months’ imprisonment.

 

 

Samuel Awoyera, 20 (28.08.98) of Evelyn Court, Amhurst Road in Hackney was previously found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine). Yesterday he was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment.

 

 

Sherif Isiaka, 19 (06.06.99) of Eastdown House, Amhurst Road in Hackney pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A (heroin and crack cocaine). Yesterday he was sentenced to seven years and five months’ imprisonment.

 

 

Jodeci Ofulue, 24 (17.01.94) of Parkside Estate, Rutland Road in Hackney previously pleaded guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine). Yesterday he was sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment.

 

 

A 17-year-old youth was previously found guilty of two counts of conspiring to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) and one count of possession of criminal property. Yesterday he was sentenced to four years and four months’ imprisonment.

 

 

The men, who all have links to a street gang in Hackney, sold the drugs in Peterborough and Huntingdon via dedicated phone lines nicknamed ‘Ricki’ and ‘TJ’. They were arrested following a nine-month long investigation by the Central Gangs Unit, part of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command.

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Jodeci Ofulue was arrested on 2 November 2017 as he approached an abandoned vehicle in Hawksbill Way in Peterborough. When police attempted to stop him he ran away, dropping his keys and the mobile phone controlling the ‘Ricki’ line. Police found nearly £14,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine, scales and used latex gloves in the car.

 

 

The other men were arrested at their home addresses on 1 March this year.

 

 

Detectives used phone analysis and police surveillance to link each man to the drug dealing network, demonstrating contact between the defendants’ phones, the two ‘deal lines’ and local drug users in Cambridgeshire, as well as the locations of the deal lines and the defendants’ personal phones.

 

 

During the course of the investigation, drugs with a street value in excess of £17,000 were seized, along with designer clothing, jewellery, cash in excess of £25,000 and a watch valued at over £20,000, which had previously been reported as stolen.

 

 

DS Gary Clarke of Trident’s Central Gangs Unit, said: “This was a complex investigation into a lucrative ‘county line’ drugs network, operating between Hackney and Cambridgeshire. Drug dealers prey on local users and use violence and intimidation, bringing with them misery and violent crime to local communities. These sentences demonstrate just how seriously the criminal justice system is taking the issue of county lines drugs rings.”

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