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Two drug dealers sentenced to total of 15 years in jail

News   •   Feb 01, 2019 16:05 GMT

Officers found 125g of high purity cocane and 2,000 MDMA tablets after they searched a car in Croydon

Two men have been sentenced to a total of fifteen years in jail for drug and money laundering offences.

Yesterday, Thursday, 31 January at Snaresbrook Crown Court, Ben Kudjodji, 29 (23.04.1989) of Mulgrave Road, Croydon was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply herbal cannabis, possession with intent to supply MDMA and possession of criminal property.

Karl Dowbiggin, 48 (29.05.1970) of Tapestry Gardens, Birkenhead, Wirral was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment, having pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and MDMA.

On 2 July last year, officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Organised Crime Command approached a car in Hurst Road, Croydon. Kudjodji, who was in the driver’s seat, ran from police and was detained after a foot chase. As Dowbiggin was removed from the vehicle, a blue carrier bag fell out of the car. Dowbiggin was detained and the blue plastic bag was found to contain 2,000 MDMA tablets. He was searched and a train ticket showed that he had travelled from Liverpool earlier that day.

A further search of the vehicle revealed 125g of high purity cocaine in the driver’s door. Officers also found £4,500 inside Dowbiggin’s rucksack. The two men were arrested for possession with intent to supply MDMA and cocaine.

A subsequent search of Kudjodji’s home address recovered £28,000 in cash and a search of his girlfriend’s property recovered 146g of high purity cocaine, 28.7g of MDMA and 85g of cannabis, along with a set of electronic scales.

Kudjodji plead guilty to all charges prior to trial.

Dowbiggin pleaded guilty to all charges on the first day of trial in November 2018. He then changed his mind and applied to have the guilty charge for MDMA rescinded, thereby requiring another trial. His application was unsuccessful.

Detective Superintendent Neil Ballard from the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command said:
“These convictions show the MPS’ commitment to tackling organised criminals who seek to profit from the misery inflicted by the distribution of drugs. I am pleased that these two men now face a significant prison sentence. I would encourage anyone who has information regarding the supply of drugs to contact police with their concerns, so that appropriate action can be taken against the criminals involved.”