County lines drug dealer traf­ficked girl 300 miles to sell heroin

Daily Mail - - EDEN CONFIDENTIAL - By Eleanor Hay­ward

A VUL­NER­A­BLE teenage girl was traf­ficked 300 miles away from her home by a county lines gang and found with drugs hid­den in­side her body.

The hor­ri­fy­ing case emerged in court yes­ter­day as the leader of the gang, drill rap­per Daniel Olaloko, was jailed for sup­ply­ing heroin and crack co­caine in Cum­bria.

Olaloko, 19, whose stage name is Trigga T, had run the op­er­a­tion from South Lon­don be­fore his ar­rest at his stu­dent digs in Pre­ston, where he was do­ing a phar­ma­col­ogy course.

He and his ac­com­plice Peter Ade­bayo, 19, had used a so­phis­ti­cated phone re­lay sys­tem in which users would call a num­ber to place an or­der for drugs.

The gang would take calls in other parts of the coun­try – in­clud­ing Manch­ester, Pre­ston and Lon­don – and di­rect oth­ers to de­liver the drugs to cus­tomers in Bar­row-in-Furness.

The line was given the brand name Na­tion – af­ter Olaloko’s drill mu­sic group Sil­wood Na­tion, who rapped about drugs, gang vi­o­lence and sex in their YouTube videos.

Cum­bria Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Ti­tanic last year to tar­get lo­cal county lines.

A key break­through in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion came in March when they ar­rested the vul­ner­a­ble 17-year-old girl in­side a flat in Bar­row.

Burn­ley Crown Court heard the girl had 53 wraps of readyto-sell heroin and crack co­caine hid­den in her body and that Olaloko and Ade­bayo ‘had con­trol’ of her.

Last month a Mail in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed how hun­dreds of chil­dren are be­ing en­slaved by county lines gangs who use them to help move class A drugs from their in­ner-city strongholds to sell in pro­vin­cial towns. Be­tween

From the Mail, Sept 17 De­cem­ber and April, when Olaloko and Ade­bayo ran their op­er­a­tion in Bar­row, at least 12 peo­ple died from drugs over­doses in the town.

One lo­cal said Lon­don­ers now ruled Bar­row and it was ‘ eas­ier than ever’ to buy il­le­gal drugs.

Olaloko, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Lan­cashire who un­suc­cess­fully au­di­tioned for The X Fac­tor in 2016, was ar­rested in a dawn raid at his halls of res­i­dence in April.

Po­lice found a sword, knives, four cheap mo­bile phones, wraps of heroin and crack co­caine and £480 in cash.

Ade­bayo was ar­rested in a si­mul­ta­ne­ous raid in Manch­ester. Both men pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A drugs and were each jailed for seven years yes­ter­day. Two oth­ers pleaded guilty to the same charge. Joshua Adams, 24, of no fixed address, was sen­tenced to four years and five months in prison, and a 17-yearold male from Manch­ester was given 18 months in de­ten­tion and a train­ing or­der.

Three other mem­bers of the gang were ear­lier given sen­tences of be­tween five and 10 years for in­tent to sup­ply class A drugs.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Nick Cough­lan said: ‘These men op­er­ated as a so­phis­ti­cated and re­lent­less or­gan­ised crime group. They tar­geted vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple to fa­cil­i­tate their il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and they used fear and in­tim­i­da­tion to op­er­ate their busi­ness.

‘Dur­ing this op­er­a­tion, of­fi­cers re­moved not just drugs from be­ing sold on the streets, but a sub­stan­tial quan­tity of il­le­gal and dan­ger­ous weapons.’

In a sep­a­rate op­er­a­tion, 19 peo­ple have been ar­rested across Lon­don and Kent in a se­ries of dawn raids tar­get­ing county lines gangs.

One woman and 18 men aged be­tween 18 and 55 were taken into cus­tody on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­ing to sell class A drugs. Of­fi­cers also seized knives, cash and pack­ets sus­pected of con­tain­ing crack co­caine and heroin in the raids be­tween Tues­day and Thurs­day.

Seven years: Daniel OlalokoDawn raid: Olaloko is ar­rested in his stu­dent digs in Pre­ston

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