Teenagers who supplied heroin and cocaine in Staffordshire are jailed
A pair of teenagers who supplied heroin and crack cocaine into South Staffordshire as part of a ‘County Lines’ supply operation have been jailed.
Brie Rutherford-Martell, aged 19, of Hall Street, Oldbury, and Ahkeel Janny-Andrews, aged 18, of Wheatley Street, West Bromwich, were sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today after both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to supplying crack cocaine and heroin.
Janny-Andrews was sentenced to six years and three weeks.
Rutherford-Martell was sentenced to a total of three years and eight months.
Judge Philip Wassall, sentencing, said: "An aggravating feature was the purity of the cocaine at 95 per cent plus. That was destined for further dilution.
"This is substantial dealing over a period of time."
The men were stopped by police on June 23 this year at the Station Café, in Hednesford.
The court heard that both men spotted and tried to evade the police after ordering breakfasts, but were quickly detained.
In total they had 91 wraps of heroin and 42 wraps of crack cocaine on them, with a street value of £2,200.
The cocaine was found to have a purity in excess of 95 per cent.
Janny-Andrews also pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of class-A drugs in Cannock in December 2017, with a street value of £770 after his fingerprints were found on drugs seized during the arrest of a 15-year-old boy.
He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class-A drugs in March 2018, with a street value of £890.
Rutherford-Martell pleaded guilty to possession of a knife in a public place on 23 June 2018.
The black and gold lock-knife was discarded as he was arrested.
Detective Inspector Lesley Fowler, of Staffordshire Police Major Organised Crime Department, said: "We welcome today’s outcome which is the result of a thorough and meticulous investigation. We will not tolerate drug supply within Staffordshire and the force remains committed to tackling those involved in such activity."
Anyone who suspects drug supply in their area is encouraged to report it to police on 101.
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