Drugs gang convicted for running network from east London to Norwich and Cardiff
PUBLISHED: 15:25 14 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 14 May 2017
A gang of six drug dealers supplying heroin and crack cocaine in a network operating between east London, Norwich and Cardiff have been convicted after a year-long undercover operation involving three police forces.
The Trident investigation led by The Met with police in Norfolk and South Wales ended in convictions of four gang members on Friday.
Two others had already pleaded guilty.
The operation was launched last year when detectives discovered the Ochereobia brothers Oluchi and Kenechi running a courier network from their homes in Hackney and Cardiff using a mobile phone to text hundreds of numbers when the drugs were available.
The brothers received orders and instructed couriers to supply drug-users in Norwich and collect the money.
“Kenechi hid his involvement pretending to be a legitimate clothes distributor,” Det Sgt Paul Harris, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said after the trial.
“In reality, he was getting gang members to run drugs across the country.”
Kenechi, who had £23,000 cash hidden in his home, claimed to be running a legitimate clothes distribution business, but was unable to provide evidence to account for the cash.
Police stumbled on his drug-running network when he was pulled up in a hired car in Norwich with Frankie Dos Santos on another unrelated matter.
They searched an address nearby that the two men had visited and found a fourth man, Elliot Murawski, and £6,000 cash hidden in an oven.
It led to a fifth gang member, Calvyn Green, who was arrested in Ipswich on a train to Liverpool Street from Norwich who had almost £2,500 cash on him and mobile phones used to contact other gang members.
The sixth man, Jaivon Prince, was traced two weeks later and arrested at Liverpool Street station. Officers searching his home in Hackney found heroin and crack cocaine worth £20,000. He admitted to having packets concealed on him and was taken to hospital, where hundreds of wraps of heroin and cocaine worth £2,000 were recovered.
The six men were all charged with conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Four were found guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday—Oluchi Ochereobia, 22, from Mandeville Street in Hackney, Calvyn Green, 25, from Keyworth Close in Hackney, Kenechi Ochereobia, 25, from Cardiff, and Frankie Dos Santos.
Jaivon Prince, 20, from Daubney Road in Hackney, previously admitted charges on March 17 to possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply. Murawski, 26, from Norwich, pleaded guilty on November 17 to conspiracy to supply.
All six are being sentenced at Blackfriars on May 26.