London gang members jailed after travelling to Strood to supply drugs
PUBLISHED: 17:19 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 04 September 2017
Abu Khalisadar and Neejam Khan were in possession of drugs worth £600
Two London gang members who travelled into Medway to supply drugs have been sentenced to a total of nine years in prison.
Abu Khalisadar, 35 and Neejam Khan, 28, both from Poplar in the capital, were arrested after officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate intercepted a Vauxhall Mokka as it was travelling along Watling Street, Strood on May 31.
On searching the vehicle officers found a small quantity of suspected cocaine and heroin on Khan and on the back seat of the car.
Both were arrested on suspicion of drug supply offences and were taken to a local police station.
Whilst in custody large quantities of cocaine and heroin were found on Khan’s person. In total 60 wraps of class A drugs were seized with an approximate street value of £600.
Further searches of their home addresses in London found evidence of preparation for class A drug distribution into Kent.
Mobile phones seized from the properties also showed their ‘county drugs line’ supply activity. A county line is the name given to urban based gangs who supply drugs into suburban and rural locations.
Abu Khalisadar pleaded guilty to two offences concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin and was sentenced to five years nine months and Neejam Khan pleaded guilty to two offences of possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin and received three years six months.
Detective inspector Gary Scarfe of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “We are focused is on tackling gang related crime and removing ‘county line’ networks as they are known to exploit the vulnerable and cause significant harm our communities.
“We have a number of dedicated officers whose role it is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute those engaging in supplying drugs into and within Kent.
“I would like to reassure the public that tackling drug related crime is a priority. We are committed to investigating, disrupting and dismantling gang criminality including their drug distribution networks whether they generate from London or are within Kent.
“The undoing of these individual’s county line network and their sentencing should sent a clear message to those who currently supply drugs into Kent’s communities that we will pursue you and bring you to justice.”