Sunday, 22 August 2021

UK Jails Nigerian Drug Kingpins

A gang of heroin and cocaine dealers predominantly from south east London have been jailed for more than 39 years between them.

Nine people have been sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court this week, with members from Charlton, Orpington and Catford, all charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The 'TJ' and 'Alpo' county lines networks supplied drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, in Kent, Essex, Grimsby as part of an "organised crime network which targeted vulnerable drug users to make substantial financial gains," said Kent Police.

The group was sentenced following a lengthy investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. It resulted in nine men and one woman being charged with offences that spanned Kent, Essex and Lincolnshire.

The ring leaders, Kazeem Akinfolarin and Michael Odedina, were both jailed for almost 10 years at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 18 August 2021.

On the same day Andrew Huntley, Mark Downes, Peter Symonds, Romel Fregis, and Francis Sunney-Ackon were also jailed while Batare Evwierhoma received a suspended sentence. Amy Newport is awaiting sentencing. They were each charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.

Jack Smith, 26, of The Mound, Eltham, was previously sentenced for an offence of money laundering and was handed a community sentence in January 2020.

Kent Police said that Between July and December 2017, Akinfolarin and Odedina ran the ‘TJ’ and ‘Alpo’ drug lines supplying crack cocaine and heroin to drug users.

They recruited drug runners, Evwierhoma, Huntley, Fregis and Sunney-Ackon to distribute the drugs in Kent and Essex using the 'TJ' line, while Downes, Symonds and Newport sold cocaine and heroin in Grimsby as part of the ‘Alpo’ drug line.

As the investigation progressed, detectives found Smith had allowed his bank account to be used to transfer funds to Huntley who then hired vehicles that were used to travel throughout the different counties supplying the drugs

Kazeen Akinfolarin, 31, of Worcesters Avenue, Enfield, Middlesex, was sentenced to nine years and eight months

Michael Odedina, 31, of Pearl Lane, Gillingham, was sentenced to nine years and eight months.

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