County Lines drugs dealers jailed for supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Brighton
A group of drug dealers who were bringing large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine to Brighton from East London have been jailed for a total of more than 38 years.
Four of them were sentenced when they appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (30 August) having been convicted at previous hearings.
They were among 80 people arrested during two long running operations carried out by detectives from Brighton and Hove Police's Community Investigation Team (CIT) into the supply of drugs into the city between December 2016 and January 2018.
The 'Sparky line' defendants were one group in the long-term 'county line' drug dealing conspiracy investigations, codenamed Operation Glenlivet and Operation Chalkwell by Sussex Police.
The court heard that in December 2016, during Operation Glenlivet, CIT officers first identified that Mohammed Alom and Emad Uddin were supplying heroin and crack cocaine in Brighton on behalf of the ‘Sparky’ line. The deal phone itself was controlled by Mejanoor Qureshi, who was based in the Manor Park area of London. Following several arrests of Uddin and Alom in Brighton, the group started to use Mohammed Rahman, who was a youth at the time, to continue to deal drugs in Brighton.
Qureshi himself was arrested in a hotel room in Brighton in February 2017 surrounded by cash, heroin and crack in the process of being prepared for street sale and crucially the ‘Sparky line' deal phone itself. His sister Tasnia Begum was arrested in June 2017 after cash from the proceeds of the drug dealing was found to have been paid into her bank accounts by the group.
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Witnesses sought to Brighton city centre assault
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Imperial Arcade, off Western Road, Brighton, around 11.30am on Sunday 1 September.
The 20-year-old victim was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he was treated for serious but not life-threatening head injuries, and was later discharged.
It is believed two people may be responsible for the incident.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who saw anyone running away from the arcade area, or who has any further information about the incident, is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Operation Dulwich.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. Crime summary
For advice and support around burglary, theft or fraud, visit the relevant pages on our website.
Over this past weekend our officers have arrested 61 individuals for offences including; use of a mobile phone while driving, drink driving, burglary, racially aggravated harassment, assault, theft, possession of a class A drug and possession of a bladed article in public.
A dip in arrests compared to the previous two weekends can look positive, however, it is always important to feel comfortable and compelled to report any instances, crimes, or occurrences to us. Public reporting is vital in coordinating our responses and targeted action on crime in the city.
You can get in touch by calling us on 101 or online. In an emergency always call 999
Contact Handler Recruitment.
Could you be the voice of reassurance in someone's time of need? Sussex Police launches latest round of Contact Officer recruitment.
Do you have what it takes to join Sussex Police's dedicated contact team?
Monday (02 September) saw the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of contact officer recruitment.
When the going gets tough, contact officers are there to help. Whether it’s taking a report of a missing person, responding to a burglary or supporting someone in crisis, our contact officers play a vital role in helping keep our communities safe, identifying and protecting the most vulnerable and preventing harm.
Chief Superintendent Paul Betts who leads the Force Control and Command Centre (FCCCD) said: “We were thrilled with the response to our recruitment campaign earlier this year and are delighted to reopen again today. Our contact officers are an integral part of our front-line, supporting us as we keep Sussex safe and feeling safe, and our recent recruitment has allowed us to provide a better service to the public already.”
“Our contact officers are the essential calm reassurance in someone’s time of need. Whether it’s receiving a call from the scene of a road traffic accident, taking details of a missing person from a concerned relative or responding to online reports of crime; our contact officers are empathetic, supportive and informative.
“It’s a challenging role, no two enquiries are the same, yet it’s one which offers a great sense of pride as we help make a difference, together.”
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Contact handlers are the first port of call for people reporting crimes and needing urgent police help, so they need great listening skills, empathy, professionalism and patience. Fortunately Sussex Police continues to receive a very high standard of applicants wanting to join the team and I am sure the next intake will be no different.
“These are essential, unique and fulfilling roles within Sussex Police and I look forward to meeting the new contact handlers once they have been recruited and their training starts.”
Being a contact officer is not your typical nine to five call centre role, ideally you’ll need to be able to work shifts; including nights, weekends and bank holidays. Flexible working is available Monday through to Sunday, from 08:00 to 13:00, or as a job share on the full shift pattern.
You will deal with emergency 999 calls, non-emergency 101 calls, online reporting and social media. Asking the right questions, making threat and risk assessments, listening for vital details and recording information; all while monitoring two screens are vital skills. You will need to be patient, decisive, dynamic and compassion to provide the very best service to the public.
Those who are interested in a career within our FCCCD as a contact officer are encouraged to attend one of the recruitment tours being held at Police Headquarters (Lewes) throughout the application window.
Chief Superintendent Betts added: “If you want to know what life is truly like as a contact officer, then we invite you to come and experience it first-hand on one of our behind the scenes tours. You’ll get to listen into some of the calls you could deal with and meet some of the people who work in the contact and command centre. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out if you’ve got what it takes to work in this demanding, yet incredibly fulfilling roles.”
As the first point of contact for many, engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds, we’re looking for those who can build rapport quickly, show empathy and communicate clearly at all times. Enquiries can include some of the most difficult situations you can think of so compassion and resilience are also important. If you can work under pressure, problem-solve and think quickly then this could be the career for you.
To apply, visit our website.
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