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Two men jailed for drugs trafficking in east Cornwall

Two men jailed for drugs trafficking in east Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:37pm 21st December 2018. (Updated at 2:28pm 21st December 2018)

Two men have been jailed for drugs trafficking in east Cornwall.

The investigation related to organised crime groups and their distribution of class A drugs..

Police say the criminality of those involved also showed high levels of violence towards individuals and the exploitation of vulnerable people.

24-year-old Alike Mamwa from Tavistock Road in Callington was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

20-year-old Dion Needs from Wentworth Way in Saltash was sentenced to three years in prison.

The judge also made a cash detention order for £3,140 which will be given to a local domestic violence charity.

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How did the investigation start?

Mamwa’s criminal ties link him back to Tottenham, London with links to drug supply lines predominantly throughout East Cornwall.

He operated a drugs supply line whereby his method was to offer out drugs via text messages to a pre-established contact list of drug users.

Mamwa and Needs were arrested on 31st January 2018 on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs following a misuse of drugs act warrant being executed in Callington.

Inside the address officers located what they suspected to be a large quaintly of Heroin in a plastic wrap, a quantity of Cannabis inside a small pot, grinders, tin foils, capped, and uncapped needles and other drug user equipment.

Both were released under investigation. Drug testing showed there was 92g of diamorphine with a street level value of £9,220. Eight mobile phones were also seized.

On this occasion it is strongly believed that Mamwa had taken over the address for the purpose of selling and storing drugs. This tactic, commonly identified as ‘cuckooing’, had on this occasion utilised known habitual drug users into giving up control of their property in return for drugs supply.

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What happened next?

On Friday 30th March 2018 Police stopped four men including Mamwa and Needs in Saltash for a misuse of drugs act search. Their car was also searched and a drugs dog located a golf ball sized bag of drugs near the car as well as green herbal matter in the car.

The car keys were found in Mamwa’s pocket and he was arrested on suspicion of intent to supply class A drugs. Whilst in custody Mamwa had a black Nokia mobile phone seized from him.

"The mobile phone contained messages that are consistent with the user being involved in the supply of controlled drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin.

"The blanket sent messages are indicative of sale at street level for commercial gain rather than a user selling amongst a small group of friends to fund their own drugs use."

Police Drugs Liaison Officer

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On the 21st April 2018 at 4.35am a phone top up is purchased and activated in a mobile phone with the suspected telephone number. CCTV clearly shows Mamwa at the till at the time the top up was purchased and the number activated.

On 3rd May 2018, Mamwa and Needs were again arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A Drugs at an address in Callington.

This time it was Needs captured on CCTV reactivating the phone line on 5th June 2018 having been arrested only recently.

The Probation service recalled Mamwa in relation to a breach of his license conditions and he was arrested and taken into custody where he serves 28 days at HMP Exeter.

Mamwa is arrested on his release on 6th June and charged and detained for the supply of Class A drugs. 

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What do police say?

"Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to safeguarding their local communities from the threat of controlled drugs being brought and distributed around the area.

"Drug trafficking is a serious offence, which impact on the fabric of society and the police strive to deal with such offences with a robust and resilient attitude.

"We are pleased with the sentences given out by the court, and we hope that this will act as a deterrent.

"This result shows that the police will work tirelessly to protect our public and the most vulnerable from becoming victims of drugs misuse, and if you choose to get involved with the drug trade, you will be caught, and you will face substantial jail terms."

DC Brown of the Proactive Disruption Team

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