Man jailed for drugs offences following county lines investigation
A man who exploited a child to act as a drugs runner for his county lines operation has been sentenced to more than three years in jail.
Alieu Koroma, 22, (23/10/99) of Tysoe Avenue, Enfield, pleaded guilty in May to being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, as well as to possessing a bladed article and possession of cocaine.
At Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 1 July, he was sentenced to 43 months' imprisonment for the drugs supply and three months for possessing a knife, to be served consecutively.
Officers from Operation Orochi, the Met’s specialist team dedicated to tackling those involved in county lines, began an investigation after a 14-year-old boy was reported missing from his home in north east London.
Working alongside Essex Police, the child was located inside an address in Clacton-on-Sea, where a large quantity of cash was found on his possession.
Koroma – an established drill artist also known as PS Hitsquad, whose lyrics referenced drugs and violence – was arrested later the same day coming out of his address in Enfield. He was found to be in possession of the handset controlling the county line, as well as a lock knife.
Detective Constable Ben Baker, who led the investigation, said: “This case is just another example of how county line dealers exploit young and vulnerable people to facilitate their drug supply.
“This investigation demonstrates our commitment to finding and prosecuting those involved in this kind of activity, which we know fuels violence across our city.”
Since Operation Orochi launched, more than 800 county lines have been shut down and almost 1,000 arrests have been made. Tackling violence is the Met’s top priority and we are working closely with partners to also address the demand for drugs. It is only by focusing simultaneously on both the demand and supply of drugs, that we can make a real difference.