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Drug ring smashed with 72 members jailed for 221 years

HUGE County Lines drug ring has been smashed — with 72 members jailed for more than 221 years.

Undercover cops spent two years infiltrating the operation across 18 counties.

Gangs used dealers as young as 14 to sell crack cocaine and heroin in London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Northampton.

At the end of 2019, Northamptonshire Police made arrests and seized drugs worth over £1.3million.

A total of 72 men and women have been jailed for more than 221 years, shutting down 30 drugs lines.

It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind by a single UK police force.

Five men convicted of conspiracy are described as “big players”.

Aways Osman, 28, of Romford East London, got nine years, six months; Hussein Jimale, 26, of Dagenham, got five years, two months; Bruno Borges, 24, of Hendon, North London, got six years, four months; Omarni Bernard-Sewell, 25, of no fixed address, and Levi Bernard, 33, of Birmingham, both got seven years.

Northants Chief Constable Nick Adderley said: “To say this was a phenomenal operation would be a complete understatement.

“The drive, commitment, determination, creativity, tenacity and relentlessness these detectives have shown here is incredible and I am so very proud of them.”


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