Jailed: Dagenham and Beckenham drug dealers who ran ‘county lines’ operation in Clacton
- Credit: Essex Police
Two men who ran a ‘county line’ supplying Class A drugs into a seaside town have been jailed for a total of more than eight years.
Regean Richards-Neville, 21, and Jamel Bousbaa, 27, were involved in the ‘Frankie’ line, which saw heroin and crack cocaine transported from London via a network of dealers using a dedicated mobile phone, and distributed in Clacton, Essex.
Ipswich Crown Court heard how police officers launched an investigation into the drugs line in 2015 and arrested Bousbaa, formerly of The Close, Beckenham, during a search of a property in Clacton that August.
They also seized cash, Class A drugs and mobile phones which linked him to the ‘Frankie’ line.
Investigations contnued, and in January last year they arrested Richards-Neville, of Robinson Road, Dagenham, after he was caught on CCTV purchasing a top-up voucher for the mobile phone used to run the drugs line.
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When he was taken into custody, he was found to be hiding 45 wraps of heroin and 57 wraps of crack cocaine.
Later that month, officers carried out a warrant in Barking, at the home of one of Bousbaa’s relatives. They searched the property and seized cocaine and a knife.
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Both Bousbaa and Richards-Neville were charged with drugs offences following the investigation.
Bousbaa pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and one count of conspiring to supply a Class A drug. He was jailed last week for five years and four months.
Richards-Neville admitted two counts of conspiring to supply a Class A drug and was jailed for three years and four months.
Pc Esther Talbot, part of the Operation Raptor team which investigates drug-related crime, said: “There was no doubt that Bousbaa and Richards-Neville were instrumental in running the ‘Frankie’ county line supplying heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Clacton.
“However, after a two-year investigation we were able to put both of them behind bars for a significant period of time as well as putting this county line out of business.
“Criminals may be under some illusion that they can come to our county and sell drugs on our streets, but they are very wrong.”