County Lines drug dealers jailed - The Leamington Observer

County Lines drug dealers jailed

Leamington Editorial 23rd Feb, 2024   0

TWO drug-dealers have been jailed for their involvement in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin in Warwick and Leamington.

Theo Kelly, 28, of Overbury Road, Northfield, was jailed for six years and ten months and Joshua Smith, 26, of Fairbourne Tower for four years and six months.

West Midlands Police’s County Lines Taskforce executed search warrants at a flat in Birmingham in 2022, where large quantities of crack cocaine and heroin were found, along with mobile phones linked to the so-called Q drugs line.

The line would send out bulk messages advertising the availability to users with call data, showing regular travel of the line between Birmingham, Warwick and Leamington.




The investigation revealed around 2.3kg of Class A drugs were supplied with a street value of around £170,000.

Officers from the taskforce, who had worked with Warwickshire Police, arrested and charged Kelly and Smith in July 2022.


Smith pleaded guilty at a hearing the following month but Kelly entered non-guilty pleas.

Kelly was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court last April, and the following month he also entered guilty pleas to earlier offences from 2020.

During the hearing, Smith admitted to supplying just under 1kg of crack cocaine and heroin for his involvement, and it was the comments of the judge that the remaining 1.3kg were supplied by Kelly, who oversaw the entire operation.

County Lines are the phone lines drug dealers use to sell drugs around the country.

These lines often exploit young people and vulnerable adults to store, produce and sell drugs.

 

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