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JAILED: County lines drug dealers who worked in Hemel jailed for more than 29 years

 Published on: 26th September 2023   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

Four drug dealers who ran a county lines drug network in Hemel Hempstead have been jailed for a total of more than 29 years.

The four men were arrested in December 2021 following a long-running investigation by Hertfordshire Police’s specialist county lines unit, Operation Mantis.

The gang ran the county line in the Hemel Hempstead area between May and December 2021, using the homes of several vulnerable people as a base to sell crack cocaine and heroin.

They appeared for sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday, September 6, after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.

Tolga Ahmet, 23, of Whitethorn Street, London, was sentenced to nine years and one month for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Tyrese Abbas, 22, of Buckingham Road, Bletchley, was sentenced to eight years and six months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

David Charles, 49, of Oban Street, London, was sentenced to six years and four months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Joe Naulls-Buttigieg, 26, of Eric Street, London, was sentenced to five years and three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Detective Sergeant Chris Cowell, from the Operation Mantis team, said: “This gang ran a major drug supply network in the Hemel area, dealing in crack cocaine and heroin using several ‘cuckooed’ properties as a base for their criminal activities.

“Successfully dismantling another significant network will have a big impact on drug use and associated crime within Hemel Hempstead and surrounding areas. This will also send a message to anyone involved in drug dealing that we are watching and they will be caught and face long jail terms.”

 

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